Description: This is a collection of illustrations that describe various aspects of the acute care and reconstructive needs of the burn-injured patient.
Purpose: It is a quick reference and companion to Herndon's Total Burn Care (W.B. Saunders, 1996), compiling summary statements of burn management from a leading burn center in the U.S.
Audience: Trainees, staff members, and practitioners managing burn injured patients are an appropriate audience for this work. The contributors represent an internationally recognized program in the management of adult and pediatric burn injury.
Features: The organization of chapters is built around the progression of the burn-injured patient through acute hospitalization and reconstruction, followed by burn complications. Chapters are presented as a collection of photographs, microscopic pictures, autopsy specimens, and tables that could be used as slides summarizing key teaching points. There is little text and pathophysiology of burn injury is not reviewed. References are not included. The table of contents lists only chapters and authorship while a more detailed index allows access to the common topics in the book.
Assessment: This is another important publication from a leading center for burn management. The occasional practitioner treating burns will gain insight into the problems experienced that cannot be obtained in a small practice setting. Although reproduction quality is a problem with some of these illustrations, as a whole they represent a unique collection and worthy edition to the burn reference shelf.