Description: In this reference based photobook, more than 400 photographs are used to demonstrate assessment skills and to depict normal assessment parameters. The book is divided into two sections: (1) understanding assessment and (2) assessing the body.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a quick, readable reference on assessment skills. The book is designed to provide speedy consultation before making a particular body systems assessment.
Audience: Nurses in direct clinical practice are the target audience. However, nurses working with adult clients would benefit the most because all photographs in the book depict adults.
Features: One of the strongest features of this book are the high quality photographs used to depict skills and anatomical structures. The book also includes strategic clinical assessment checklists, charts on drug-induced system changes, and figures that depict insights and interpretations of clinical findings. Black-and-white photographs are used exclusively. Because there are no color photographs, it is more difficult to visualize anatomical structures such as the optic disk and tympanic membrane. However, the quality of the photographs included provide an excellent reference and review.
Assessment: This book will provide a valuable reference within an assessment course. It would complement other texts and is appropriate for libraries, healthcare delivery systems, or individuals. This book would not be appropriate as a main text because it lacks in-depth anatomy or physiology. Finally, the book is organized from a body systems perspective and lacks linkages with specific nursing frameworks.