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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, PhD (East Carolina University )
Description: Part of the LPN Threads series and a companion to Foundations of Nursing, 6th edition, by the same authors (Elsevier, 2011), this book focuses on the medical-surgical and anatomy and physiology content, organized by body system. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The purpose is "to educate the practical/vocational nursing students in medical-surgical nursing with an overview of anatomy and physiology."
Audience: Students in practical/vocational nursing programs are the intended audience.
Features: After an introductory chapter on anatomy and physiology, subsequent chapters use a systems approach to address various disorders and also focus on the surgical patient and patients with immune disorders, HIV/AIDS, and cancer. Chapters list key terms with phonetic pronunciation at the beginning. A glossary, also with phonetic pronunciations, helps those new to medical terminology. Numerous color photos and tables enhance learning. One shortcoming is the lack of a discussion of the concepts of pain and pain management.
Assessment: This book presents concepts important in a basic nursing program.