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This excellent book gives an overview of non-medical drug-taking, combining historical narratives, technical information and personal experience. Compelling sections are based on Michael Gossop’s extensive clinical experience in the field of drug addiction; perhaps less convincing are the...
I am often reminded that the modern nursing student does not conform to the stereotypical image of the privileged varsity loafer, who whiles away long afternoons punting on the Cam in the shadow of King’s College, and fits in a little reading between sport, flirting and dining out. Truth be...
Nebulisers are used to deliver bronchodilators and other medication in a variety of healthcare settings. In common with other medical equipment, healthcare professionals need an understanding of the principles of their operation to ensure they are used effectively and safely.
This article examines the procedure of female urinary catheterisation. The importance of holistic patient assessment is emphasised, and patient consent, catheter selection and patient education are discussed.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic illness that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms commonly include frequency, urgency and faecal leaking or incontinence. This article discusses the causes of incontinence in IBD, medical and practical aspects of management and...
This article is based on a systematic review ( Hewitt et al 2005 ), which extends a review undertaken by the World Health Organization ( WHO 1997a ). The article discusses: signs of hypoglycaemia; effectiveness of type of feeds in preventing hypoglycaemia and maintaining blood glucose levels;...
Useful, practical and substantial, this book provides a thorough overview of child health for primary healthcare practitioners. The introductory section reflects on how primary health care for children has evolved, and calls for those working in the field to maintain a comprehensive knowledge of...
I recommend this excellent book to all palliative care teams. Concepts are well explained and despite the rather dense, unbroken text, it is easy to dip into. The section on pain is particularly well presented.
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