Burn Unit: Saving Lives after the Flamesby Barbara Ravage
“A compelling blend of science, history and storytelling. Barbara Ravage has fashioned an enlightening, invaluable book.” Stewart O’Nan, author of The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American TragedyThough each of us is just a spark away from being a burn victim, the public knows little and understands less about the world that/i>
“A compelling blend of science, history and storytelling. Barbara Ravage has fashioned an enlightening, invaluable book.” Stewart O’Nan, author of The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American TragedyThough each of us is just a spark away from being a burn victim, the public knows little and understands less about the world that patients inhabit. Pulling the curtains back on this private and sterile environment, Burn Unit is a riveting account of the frontline effortsboth modern-day and historicalto save lives devastated by fire. With unflinching urgency, Barbara Ravage follows an extraordinary team of healers at Massachusetts General Hospital, the cradle of modern burn treatment and the site of one of the best burn units in the world. From Boston’s Cocoanut Grove fire of 1942 to the treatment of the victims of the Rhode Island nightclub fire in early 2003, we watch everyday heroes do their incredible but punishing work against the backdrop of history. Both a moving human drama and an engrossing scientific exploration of this little-known field of medicine, Burn Unit is an unforgettably powerful read.
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The author of six books, Barbara Ravage is a member of the National Association of Science Writers. She lives on Cape Cod.
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Burn Unit is a marvelous book. The writing sparkles -- Ravage involves the reader in the progress of the patients she tracks, the history of burn care and medical understanding of burns, and the unique world of care givers in the field of burn treatment. Burns are not like other illnesses/injuries. This book brings the reader into unfamiliar territory (some of it difficult)-- but you can't put it down. Anyone with an interest in reading about medicine -- or about survival -- or about caring, will love this book.
A fantastic book! Ravage 'puts you there' as vividly as any nonfiction I've read recently. I opened BURN UNIT with no medical background and no personal experience with burns; soon, though, I was not only getting a personal tour of the best burn unit in the world, I was being sensitively taught what I needed to know to understand what I was 'seeing'. That show-teach-show cycle is, for me, the essence of great nonfiction, and Ravage is a master of the craft. If you want to enlarge your life, in knowledge and compassion, read this book.
I have just today finished Burn Unit. Finishing a book for me is relatively unusual. I always have a few going at a time, and most get only part way - they just don¿t get picked up again. But I keep returning to this book. Barbara Ravage has written a classic. Her writing is engaging, as she monitors burn survivors Dan and Tom and their families, without giving in to simplification and caricature. These people feel real. Their caregivers are presented in the context of their work. They convey the story of the technology and the medicine of burn care, in a remarkably lucid, interesting way. Their personal lives are, appropriately, only sketched. I had experience in the MGH Burn Unit as a fourth-year med student, in 1973. And I¿ve had 26 years of primary care internal medicine in a rural area. This book has tought me a world of new perspectives and insights, basic science and intensive care medicine, and especially understandings about wound healing. And I believe the author has communicated this difficult material in a manner which will be comprehensible to any serious reader, even one without great technical background. Her ability to appeal to, and to be important to, a diverse reader base, reflects the maturity of her perspective. I have been recommending this book to friends and profiessional colleagues, as a most- worthwhile read. Any care provider will gain valuable understandings from this pleasant task.