I am not certain what groups this book should be recommended to, if any. Surgical Nursing was written to provide nurses, as well as student nurses, with a concise account of the principles and practice of nursing care for the surgical patient. However, in the author's attempt to be concise, important aspects that should be included in comprehensive nursing care of the surgical patient were sacrificed. Although the physical preparation of the patient for surgery was discussed in detail, very little attention was given to the important aspects of the psychologic preparation.
The attempt to be concise led to inconsistencies in the material presented. Although the presentation of the pathophysiology and use of pertinent illustrations to aid in the explanation of disease entities was well done, the scientific principles that provide a basis for the nursing actions were omitted in many cases where they would have been relevant.