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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, PhD (East Carolina University )
Description: This clinical companion to Lewis et al.'s medical-surgical nursing textbook provides information on 200 medical-surgical diseases, disorders, and clinically related topics. The last edition was published in 2004.
Purpose: This is intended as a reference to help nurses care for patients and their families during illness and healthy states. This type of book is useful to nursing students and practicing registered nurses due to its condensed size.
Audience: It is written for all levels of nursing, including students who need to quickly look up something about the client's disease and practicing nurses who want a quick reference guide. The authors have years of experience in preparing textbooks and references for student and practicing nurses.
Features: The first of the book's three sections covers the diseases and disorders in alphabetical order, cross-referenced with the main textbook. The second unit discusses common medical-surgical treatments and procedures and the role of the nurse. The final section covers assessment, medication administration, some lab tests, and abbreviations. The authors also include some phrases in Spanish.
Assessment: This would be a good book for a school or college of nursing that desires a reference that students can take into clinical. Recently updated, it is current and correlates with most medical-surgical textbooks.