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From The CriticsReviewer: Penny Wolfe Moore, RNC, PhD (Southwestern Adventist University)
Description: This is the seventh edition of a comprehensive medical-surgical textbook. An interactive CD-ROM with critical thinking case studies, review questions, vocabulary review with sound pronunciations and other exercises accompanies the book. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: "The vision for this seventh edition of Medical-Surgical Nursing is of a text that presents the student with clear, comprehensive knowledge essential to practice. It uses a framework of supporting theory drawn from the health, natural, social and behavioral sciences. . .further, the text places, knowledge within the context of current practice issues, models, and settings," according to the editors. This is a worthwhile mission that is accomplished with this book.
Audience: The book is designed for students. As a comprehensive medical-surgical nursing textbook, hopefully it would be used for more than one semester. There are some ancillaries available with the instructor in mind. CD-ROM or online instructors may obtain chapter outlines, objectives, overviews, practice applications and critical thinking questions. An updated 1,500-question test bank and a collection of over 200 full-color images are available.
Features: This book is well known and well respected. It features a solid presentation of pathophysiology and medical and nursing management and a strong emphasis on patient and family teaching, with a focus on collaborative management. There is a consistent application of the 5-step nursing process throughout. Each chapter lists chapter objectives, although only a few are from the higher cognitive levels, and critical thinking questions. The illustrations are the only shortcoming that stood out to me. The use of color could be improved. There are few color photos and the color that is used looks washed out. The section on the musculoskeletal system is particularly well written and illustrated. The illustrations are the only shortcoming that stood out — the use of color could be improved. There are few color photos and the color that is used looks washed out. The section on the musculoskeletal system is particularly well written and illustrated.
Assessment: As with the previous editions, this book is very good. The new chapter on complementary and alternative therapies is excellent. The Mosby's "Get Smart" online learning package will be attractive to many students. There is an impressive list of authors, contributors, and reviewers, and some are in actual hands-on practice: Thank you! My only suggestions: get a more professional cover, improve the use of color in the illustrations, and refine the system of icons.