A patient questions her surgeon extensively about a major operation. SURGEON: You know, you're not in the driver's seat. PATIENT: Perhaps not, but it's my car. Most hospitalized patients, who will readily appreciate the sentiment, may find their conditions in this layman's guide to common hospital procedures. The authors cover medical terminology and drug reactions, nonsurgical and surgical treatments, and also include samples of consent forms and other required-signature documents. The information--on cancer, coronary care, dialysis, etc.--is easy to digest, avoiding the aggressive consumer stance of some recent books and essentially omitting mention of the situations which precipitate anger and malpractice suits. Instead of explaining how a hospital is run or discussing its suitability for particular medical conditions (ably done in Gots & Kaufman's The People's Hospital Book, p. 1044), the text concentrates on specific procedures--what they mean, whether they will hurt, why there are done three hours later than seems reasonable. Adequate as far as it goes.