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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is a spiral bound manual of burn management.
Purpose: Emphasized are protocols for burn care from a major adult and pediatric burn program in the U.S.
Audience: Practitioners at all levels may benefit from this work. The editors and contributors represent the University of Texas and Shriners burn programs in Galveston.
Features: This pocket-sized manual is organized into 12 chapters and 130 pages. The content is organized in the sequence of care for burn-injured patients with an overview of epidemiology followed by pre-hospital, resuscitation, wound management and anesthesia, critical care considerations, and special non-thermal injuries commonly treated in the burn center. Chapters are concise and well written. Occasional black-and-white line drawings reproduce well. Tables are employed to good effect. Each chapter concludes with a brief list of important references, most of which date to the mid 1990's with some as recent as one year prior to publication. The table of contents includes both chapter titles and subheadings and a two-page index concludes this work.
Assessment: This is a well-written and timely addition to the literature describing management of burn-injured patients. It complements the recent textbook, Total Burn Care (W. B. Saunders 1996) produced by the senior editor. This manual can be recommended for the clear writing style and the breadth of topic discussion, despite its relative brevity. The greatest distraction comes from a number of typographical errors and inconsistencies. Reference lists in each chapter could be lengthened to include additional key work, some of which originates in the editors' burn unit. For example, no references are provided for many of the wound closure techniques and products discussed. Subsequent printings and editions should resolve these problems.