Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual / Edition 4

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Everything you need to know about caring for patients—in one portable "must have" handbook!

Often referred to as the "Merck Manual" for nurses by nurses, its quick access format makes it easy to find information on nearly 250 diseases and disorders. Clear, but comprehensive discussions of pathophysiology, with rationales in the medications and laboratory sections, explain the scientific basis for nursing care.

Thoroughly revised and updated throughout, the 4th Edition incorporates the latest scientific advances and the practice of nursing today.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Phyllis Murray
This manual of nursing therapeutics covers a wide range of conditions, providing a concise review of each disorder, developmental considerations, and nursing process activities. It aims to provide ""distilled"" and ""cutting-edge"" information that is practicable in fast-paced modern healthcare. Intended for nursing students and staff, it could serve a broad scope of practice venues. Clear print and tables enhance the presentation of data. The absence of graphics is no deterrent. The table of contents is alphabetical for convenience and the index is well-detailed. LOS, DRG's, and descriptors follow the disease title. Nursing assessment includes history, physical exam, diagnostic tests, and nursing diagnoses. Planning/Implementations describe collaborative and independent role functions. Outcome measures are specific for clinical, documentation, and discharge/home health concerns. This is a great text for students, generalist staff nurses, or others who work with a broad range of client ages and conditions in clinics, offices, communities, and acute care. The topics of Guillain-Barre, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, hypothyroidism, fat embolus, and pulmonary fibrosis are excellent. Medications for Alzheimer's and glaucoma fail the ""cutting edge"" criteria. Also missing in glaucoma is low pressure disease and the higher African-American risk. Overall, I recommend the book as an excellent quick refresher for conditions not encountered frequently because it will stimulate safe and comprehensive care.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Carole Ann Kenner, DNS, MSN, BSN(Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences)
Description:This manual is a quick reference for common diseases and treatment modalities from a nursing perspective. The previous edition published in 1997 lacked the emphasis on evidence-based practice, gender-specific content, and normal and abnormal laboratory values. All of these are welcome additions to bring the text up-to-date. The authors point out the change from hospital based to community based nursing and provide information from hospital to home.
Purpose:The aim of this manual is to provide a quick source of information for nurses in the practice arena. This is a very worthy objective and it met.
Audience:The target audience is two-fold: students and practicing nurses. The authors are well known in the field of nursing education. Each is still very much tied to the clinical area and bring reality to the book.
Features:The manual represents an up-to-date quick reference for the most common disorders a practicing nurse will find today. Use of gender and life span considerations widens its application. The book presents material in an easy to use format. It moves from the DRG, length of stay, and description through a brief description, etiologies, and then application of the nursing process. Included are guidelines for documentation. Emphasis on evidence-based practice is threaded throughout. Inclusion of DRG and length of stay together are unique for nursing books, but have been used in medical literature for quite a while. The use of box features to call attention to key points is a good educational tool. The contributors represent educators and practicing nurses from all specialities. The shortcomings are few, but the content would be strengthened with the addition of more genetic linkages in the etiology and history taking portions of the book. End of life and palliative care measures should be included when appropriate. Disease entites that are common to women that appear to be lacking are fibromyalgia, which is not even mentioned, along with chronic fatigue and mitral valve prolapse. Few pediatric conditions are included but those that are are done well.
Assessment:This book does not really have any true competition. Its presentation is much more user friendly than the average diagnostic or disease oriented books of the past. It brings the nursing content up to a level of most quick reference medical books, something necessary for the average practicing nurse today. Emphasis is still clearly on nursing but the material includes information to assist with financial considerations that most nurses have only recently had to think about. This edition is a definite improvement from the past one. Scientific rationale presented briefly enough helps the nurse glide through the material and apply it quickly in the fast paced clinical environment. The authors are to be commended for their attention to detail and up-to-date material.
From The Critics
Alphabetical entries geared to the current practice of nursing describe some 270 medical conditions and discuss their cause, gender and life span considerations, assessment, primary nursing diagnosis, planning and implementation, documentation guidelines, and discharge and home healthcare guidelines. No date is given for the first edition published as . Sommers is at the U. of Cincinnati; Johnson is with the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803622050
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1088
  • Sales rank: 367,160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm through Burns…

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Abdominal Trauma

Abortion, Spontaneous

Abruptio Placentae

Acid-Base Imbalances: Metabolic Acidosis and Alkalosis

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome


Acute Adrenal Crisis

Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison's Disease)

Air Embolism

Alcohol Withdrawal

Allergic Purpura

Alzheimer's Disease



Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis


Angina Pectoris

Anorectal Abscess and Fistula

Anorexia Nervosa

Aortic Insufficiency

Aortic Stenosis

Aplastic Anemia


Arterial Occlusive Disease



Atrial Dysrhythmias

Basal Cell Epithelioma

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Hypertrophy)

Bladder Cancer

Blood Transfusion Reaction

Bone Cancer


Brain Cancer

Breast Cancer

Bronchiolitis (Respiratory Syncytial Viral Infection)


Bulimia Nervosa


And, continuing with diseases and disorders Calculi, Renal through Volvulus.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Perfect for disease overviews

    this book is organized in alphabetical order. I love it. It is easy to use and has all the important info that is in my LaMone Med sug nursing book. Just abbreviated.

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