Top Knife: The Art and Craft of Trauma Surgery

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A practical guide to operative trauma surgery written by two exceptional surgeons and educators whose combined experience approaches half a century. Full of advice on how surgeons should use their heads as well as their hands - how to think, plan, and improvise - when, for example, operating on a massively bleeding trauma patient. Starts with general principles, continues with specific injuries to abdomen, chest, neck, and peripheral vessels. Generously illustrated throughout, with drawings produced specifically for this book. For residents, general surgeons with an interest in trauma, and for surgeons operating on badly wounded patients in isolated military, rural, or humanitarian settings. Asher Hirshberg and Kenneth L Mattox are trauma surgeons at the Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, and professors at the Michael E DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA. Kenneth L Maddox is famous as the lead editor of McGraw Hill's classic text, Trauma, now in its fifth edition. This is going to be a GREAT book!

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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is a guide to common operative problems in patients with major trauma.
Purpose: A practical guide is provided for the trauma surgeon taking a badly wounded patient to the operating room, providing strategies to yield the best possible technical result. Operative planning and priorities are emphasized.
Audience: Trainees and practitioners at all levels may benefit from this guide. The authors are recognized trauma surgeons from Ben Taub Hospital, one of the leading centers for the management of penetrating trauma in the United States.
Features: This is a compilation of practical tips written as one surgeon would converse with another. After an overview of the approach to surgical management of severe injury, operative problems confronting the trauma surgeon are discussed by anatomic organization beginning with the abdomen and following with the chest, neck, and extremities. The 15 chapters are clearly written and include black-and-white illustrations that illustrate key anatomic and technical points. Texture of type and line drawings highlight summary items, which are repeated at the conclusion of each chapter. The table of contents organizes chapters according to specific organ, grouped within anatomic region. A brief concluding epilogue attempts to capture the importance and exhilaration associated with operative management of trauma. There are no references, but they are unnecessary in a book of advice such as this.
Assessment: This is an excellent quick read for residents and junior staff members managing trauma. I will give this book to my younger partners, not necessarily because this is the only way to attack these problems, but because the authors consistently and effectively articulate the importance of operative strategy in the management of major injury.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903378229
  • Publisher: tfm Publishing Limited
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 707,709
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What this Book is all About 1
Section I Tools of the Trade
Chapter 1 The 3-D Trauma Surgeon 5
Chapter 2 Stop That Bleeding! 19
Chapter 3 Your Vascular Toolkit 35
Section II The Abdomen
Chapter 4 The Crash Laparotomy 53
Chapter 5 Fixing Tubes: The Hollow Organs 71
Chapter 6 The Injured Liver: Ninja Master 83
Chapter 7 The "Take-outable" Solid Organs 99
Chapter 8 The Wounded Surgical Soul 115
Chapter 9 Big Red & Big Blue: Abdominal Vascular Trauma 131
Section III The Chest
Chapter 10 Double Jeopardy: Thoracoabdominal Injuries 147
Chapter 11 The No-nonsense Trauma Thoracotomy 157
Chapter 12 The Chest: Inside and Out 171
Chapter 13 Thoracic Vascular Trauma for the General Surgeon 181
Section IV The Neck and Extremities
Chapter 14 The Neck: Safari in Tiger Country 199
Chapter 15 Peripheral Vascular Trauma Made Simple 215
Epilogue: The Joy of Trauma Surgery 233
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