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Om Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Related P
Ever since the invention of the fiberoptic endoscope in 1888, gastrointestinal endoscopy has grown increasingly popular in day-to- day patient management. Most recently, a variety of therapeutic procedures are also being performed through the endoscope. With increasing technological advances, new endo- scopic procedures will be appearing on the horizon. It, therefore, becomes extremely relevant for the gastrointestinal nurse or assistant to be familiar with various endoscopic procedures. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Related Procedures will be a useful and practical guide in the making of a qualified gastrointestinal assistant. This book is notable for its elegant style, illustrations, detailed account of procedures, and especially the instructions on patient care. Discussions on physical preparation of gastrointestinal procedures, helpful hints and instrument care add to the value of this book. The psychological impact on the patient undergoing endo- scopic procedures and the nurse's role in alleviating 'the fear of the unknown' also is properly covered in the text. It is refreshing to see a nursing perspective in the writing of this text. Throughout the whole book, one can feel a warm and humane approach towards patients with gastrointestinal disease. All these and more are, of course, a result of Sister Morag Ravenscroft's vast experience along with the guidance of Dr Charles Swan. It is a textbook worth reading and relishing. Marcia Pfeifer R.N.