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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the first volume of a two-volume set of books intended to be a comprehensive reference for burn injury and related problems managed in burn centers.
Purpose: It provides a state-of-the-art presentation on early burn management.
Audience: Senior trainees and practitioners in general and plastic surgery are an appropriate audience for this work coming from major burn centers in the U.S. and Europe.
Features: The 30 chapters are organized into four major sections. Initial chapters describe the history and epidemiology of burn injury. Subsequent chapters present a chronological approach to acute burn management. Prehospital care and controversies in fluid resuscitation and respiratory management are discussed, followed by early organ system dysfunction, general reconstructive principles, optimal nutrition support, and nursing practice in the burn center. Concluding chapters describe nonthermal problems frequently managed in burn centers including electrocution, chemical injury to the skin, necrotizing soft tissue infections, and frostbite. Chapters are clearly written with some occasional color photographs and use tables and figures to good effect, although some of the figures are small and difficult to read. Chapters incorporate an extensive reference list including key references from primary literature dating to within three years of publication.
Assessment: This is a worthy general update for practitioners. However, this volume cannot stand on its own, as the majority of reconstruction considerations are described in the second volume of the set. Compared to other general works originating in the U.S. (Total Burn Care, 4th edition, Herndon (Elsevier, 2012)), this book exhibits a stronger European influence.