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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the second edition of the book developed for the Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM) course promulgated as part of the worldwide effort of the American College of Surgeons to provide training in operative procedures for penetrating trauma.
Purpose: Senior trauma surgeons provide an atlas of procedures with tips.
Audience: All surgeons managing injured patients are an audience for this work produced by the ad hoc Committee on Surgical Skills of the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma.
Features: The book focuses on penetrating trauma to the torso. After an opening chapter on approaches to the laparotomy for trauma, the book describes the management of specific injuries to organs including the spleen, diaphragm, liver, pancreas, urinary system, and cardiovascular system. The chapter on cardiovascular management also includes tips for management of the patient with penetrating cardiac injury. Chapters are clearly written and illustrated with excellent line drawings and color photographs. References in each chapter identify primary literature and amplify techniques. Short tables highlight key management principles. Each chapter contains a general review of anatomy and procedures, a small number of key selected readings, and concludes with "tips from the masters" where management of specific cases is discussed. The case presentations feature intraoperative photographs and color drawings and some include references.
Assessment: The Advanced Trauma Operative Management course fulfills the glaring need for practicing surgeons to remain aware of management principles for penetrating trauma. While this excellent book is designed to accompany an intensive one-day course in operative techniques, it is an excellent standalone tool. Anyone managing trauma patients should have this book on the shelf.