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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the 13th edition of a reference textbook of trauma and emergency surgery initially published in 1936 by a noted surgeon in the United Kingdom.
Purpose: Provided is a "guide to emergency care spanning all surgical specialties."
Audience: The registrar, resident, or practitioner treating surgical problems in the emergency department including trauma and general surgical emergencies is an appropriate audience for this book. Editors and authors represent surgical authorities from throughout the British Empire.
Features: The book begins predictably with a discussion of principles of injury, initial triage, and resuscitation of the injured patient. Subsequent chapters focus on injuries according to anatomic region beginning from the head and proceeding through the torso and limbs. Separate sections describe pediatric, female, urologic, vascular, and orthopedic considerations. A final group of chapters describe acute surgical problems from tropical perspectives. Chapters are clearly written and highlight clinical pearls. Remarkably, no references are included. Black-and-white line drawings and flow diagrams reproduce well. Tables are also appropriately employed. Black-and-white photographs and reproduction of radiographs reproduce with adequate quality except for some of the concluding photographs in the tropical topics. The table of contents divides subject matter into chapters within larger subject headings. An appropriately sized index concludes.
Assessment: This is a worthwhile reference for the surgeon treating trauma and acute surgical problems arising in the emergency department. A broad perspective is employed. The general surgeon will be exposed to abdominal and typical resuscitation topics and experience the perspective of other specialists as well. Material presented is current, consistent with the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) approach to injury and emergency department surgical problems. The lack of references troubles me.