This brief and sensitive book exhorts the patient to take steps to alleviate the trauma one experiences in going to the hospital for surgery. Olson, a nurse practitioner, makes practical suggestions for learning about the illness, communicating with surgeon and anesthesiologist, preparing oneself and one's family for the hospitalization, and returning to one's routine at home. The personal accounts she includes reinforce the thesis that the proactive patient feels less vulnerable and experiences a more successful operation. This inexpensive work is designed primarily for individuals facing surgery. It is not an essential purchase for libraries that already own titles on the psychological ramifications of a major operation (see, for example, Peggy Huddleston's Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster, 1995). However, updated information on insurance, Internet addresses, and references make this a handy addition to large consumer health collections.Margaret Norden, Marymount Univ. Lib., Arlington, Va.