Many reference books are pages and pages of didactic material sparsely interspersed with pictures and tables. Lippincott Visual Nursing is an exception to that rule, and this book is particularly good for anyone who is a visual learner.

The book is divided into 12 chapters. The first chapter discusses assessment, including taking a health history and evaluating symptoms. Many tables, charts, and algorithms are included in the chapter, as well as images and bulleted lists of steps in assessment techniques such as auscultation and palpation.

Each of the rest of the chapters covers a body system: cardiovascular; respiratory; neurological; gastrointestinal; musculoskeletal; renal and urological; hematologic, immunologic, and oncologic; endocrine; integumentary; and female and male reproductive care.

Chapters start with images and descriptions of normal organs and systems that can be compared with the information that follows. The chapters are further broken down into tests, such as laboratory work and diagnostic...

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