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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This textbook describes trauma management.
Purpose: It is intended to carry the reader beyond initial resuscitation principles as typified by the Advanced Trauma Life Support Program of the American College of Surgeons.
Audience: Practitioners at all levels may benefit from this work. Editors and contributors are drawn from emergency medicine and surgical disciplines treating injury throughout the United Kingdom.
Features: Twenty-five chapters are included in this attractive, hardbound text. After discussion of initial resuscitation concerns, subsequent chapters describe patterns of injury and general treatment principles according to organ systems. Concluding chapters describe specific patterns of injury including burns, near drowning, and radiation exposure along with issues pertaining to injury in patients at the extremes of age. Chapters are concise and clearly written. Tables and illustrations are also provided in appropriate quantity and quality. Reproduction of CT scans, however, is adequate at best. Chapters conclude with a brief reference list. While occasional references are found within a year from publication, most references predate publication by at least four or five years. The table of contents lists only title and authors. A detailed subject index closes the book.
Assessment: This book shares the strengths of many texts originating from the United Kingdom: excellent illustration and discussion of physical examination. Other techniques such as ultrasonography, now commonly practiced in North America and parts of Western Europe, are excluded completely. In addition, while contributors discuss the importance of longitudinal presentation of the treatment of injury from presentation to rehabilitation, little material on rehabilitation or economic issues is provided. Despite these limitations, this is an important book on injury from the United Kingdom.