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From The CriticsReviewer: David J. Dries, MD(University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This first edition atlas uses clinical photographs, anatomical laboratory specimens and line drawings to depict common surgical procedures in acute treatment of the injured patient.
Purpose: The authors provide the reader with a photographic review on the performance of surgical procedures in the treatment of injury, as well as a description of indications and contraindications for the procedures described. As a concise description of the pertinent anatomy and surgical approaches to commonly encountered types of injury, this book is an important contribution.
Audience: Postgraduate and senior practitioners providing care in the setting of acute injury are the intended audience of this work. The senior author is an international authority in the management of the injured patient serving in one of the leading trauma centers in the United States.
Features: Illustrations of superb quality are the hallmark of this short, neatly packaged text. The table of contents fills one page, yet chapter content and subheadings are reviewed. Content is focused largely on abdominal surgical procedures with some discussion of injury to the neck, vascular system and chest. References are relatively few and inconsistently spaced. This should not be considered a problem in this work. Descriptions of indications, contraindications and controversies surrounding the procedures described are concise and understandable.
Assessment: This is an attractively packaged, beautifully illustrated review of common surgical procedures employed in the treatment of acute injury. Critical care and all possible operative procedures are not included in this work. Procedures included are intended to help the general surgeon working in either a trauma center or a community hospital. This is a worthwhile addition to the reference shelf of individuals and institutions with an interest in acute trauma care.