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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, PhD (East Carolina University )
Description: This book, developed for nonphysician clinicians, both nurse practitioners and physician assistants, is meant to be used to "improve critical thinking in surgical disease."
Purpose: The purpose is to fill in the gaps in the traditional material presented to surgical trainees and surgical nurses. The guide is intended to be used to make a diagnosis, but then readers need to refer to a more comprehensive text.
Audience: Although written for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, the book could be used by other healthcare professionals. The contributors include physicians, primarily surgeons, and nurse pratitioners and physician assistants.
Features: The first of the book's three sections presents an overview of surgical care and pre- and postoperative care. The second section covers surgical problems, using a problem-based approach. Areas covered include history, physical exam, and diagnostic tests used to develop a plan. The third section explores the most common surgical conditions that could cause the problem. There are minimal diagrams, most related to the surgical procedure.
Assessment: This book is useful for clinicians who practice using a medical model. The pre- and postoperative care information can be useful to other healthcare professionals. I would recommend this book for practitioners, but not for the general nursing population.