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From The CriticsReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: Designed to emphasize the chronology of injury, this book begins with basic trauma management and provides additional specifics regarding patterns of injury and acute stabilization.
Purpose: It provides an overview of acute trauma hospitalization.
Audience: Emergency medicine, critical care, and surgical practitioners with an interest in trauma will benefit from this work featuring many leaders in trauma management from the United Kingdom.
Features: After an overview of the epidemiology of trauma, the authors describe the initial management of airway, breathing, and circulation — the ABCs of trauma. The largest group of chapters describes injury by organ system and includes pediatric concerns, trauma and pregnancy, burn injury, and critical care considerations. A third group of chapters are pertinent to mass casualty situations with presentations on blast injuries; chemical, biologic, and radiation insults; and management of mass casualty personnel. Physiology pertinent to injuries is effectively discussed. Chapters are clearly and concisely written, though writing style varies among chapters. Some chapters include an outline, while others are standard text. Black-and-white drawings reproduce well and the occasional radiographs also have adequate detail. The few black-and-white photographs from the operating room do not include good detail. Chapters have brief reference lists, with many references dating to within five years of to publication or representing secondary sources. The table of contents lists all chapter subheadings and the detailed subject index includes citations for figures.
Assessment: This book can be recommended as an easy-to-use, succinct resource. Illustrations could be improved and references for each chapter are not cited in direct relation to content. Finally, details on trauma system and trauma center organization are lacking.