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From The CriticsReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the second edition of a review book on the physiology, physics, and management of various types of small weapons injury. Small weapons, for this purpose, are defined as handguns, rifles, and semiautomatic weapons. The first edition was published in 1997.
Purpose: An overview on management, principles and physics of small weapons trauma is provided. As use of these weapons is becoming more common, a reference such as this is valuable.
Audience: Fellows and senior practitioners managing injury in the intensive care unit, trauma service and emergency department are an appropriate audience for this work. Editors and authors are international experts based in the United Kingdom and United States.
Features: Four sections, 28 chapters and 10 final essays are included in a hardbound, handsome book of approximately 650 pages. Initial chapters describe the physics of ballistic injury and the politics and forensic aspects of ballistic trauma. The largest group of chapters describe care of victims of ballistic injury beginning in the prehospital setting and continuing through the emergency department, critical care unit and operating room. Final chapters include personal reflections from experts with exposure to conflicts in the Balkans and the Middle East and service in the support of military operations. Chapters are well written. An ample reference list is provided with each. References date to within two to three years of publication. Black-and-white illustrations are provided. Photographs reproduce with adequate, though not excellent, quality. Black-and-white line drawings contain good detail but are sometimes hard to read due to the "fine print." The table of contents divides chapters by section and summarizes authorship while a detailed index of 30 pages concludes.
Assessment: This is a worthy update of the first edition dating to the late 1990s. Clinical practice, not physics is emphasized. Much of the new thinking regarding resuscitation and local wound management is included here.