challenging and extraordinarily rewarding. Cathy Cartwright and
Donna Wallace have edited a wonderful clinical resource to assist nurses in
meeting the challenges. More than 32 contributors from 15 medical centers
have shared their expertise in 12 chapters that delineate the etiology, pathophysiology,
clinical presentation, and management of the most common
neurosurgical problems. The text, tables, illustrations, photographs, radiographs,
scans, “pediatric pearls,” and “parent perspectives” combine to
clearly present the essential information about each problem.
The more complex the illness or injury, the greater the potential contribution
of the skilled and empathetic nurse to patient and family recovery.
To paraphrase a parent quoted in this book, each child with a neurosurgical
problem will have a unique life story. Although the child’s life
story will be affected by the neurosurgical problem, it will be shaped by
the child’s family and the valuable contributions of nurses such as those
who have authored this book and those who will read it.