In 597 pages—divided into 21 chapters—Drs. Sadove and Cross have collected most of the data needed for building a recovery room and making it function. They clearly define a recovery room as being an intensive therapy center where acutely ill patients requiring more than average care are treated. This has led to the inclusion of medical emergencies as well as preoperative and postoperative surgical patients.
Chapter 3 (circulation, shock, and nutrition) contains about ninety pages which merit study by all surgical house staffs. The "Stir up Regimen" of cough, deep breathing, etc. is an example of how important phases of postoperative care are simplified and clarified so that even the novice can understand. Each of chapters four to twenty are presented by a separate surgical "specialist," who emphasizes the problems peculiar to his respective field—and this approach has here proved informative without the anticipated repetitions. Chapter twenty, on medical problems,