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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the sixth edition of a comprehensive textbook describing the management of the injured patient.
Purpose: A review of clinical principles organized according to the course of a patient through injury and convalescence is provided.
Audience: Practitioners at any level will benefit from this work originating from major trauma programs in the United States with selected contributions from the international trauma community.
Features: The book begins with epidemiology, prehospital care, transport, and resuscitation. Later chapters describe management of specific injuries and complicating factors including extremes of age, environmental concerns, reconstruction and rehabilitation. Chapters have been added to reflect developments in combat casualty care, weapons of mass destruction, and the evolution of the acute care surgeon as a resource not only for the injured patient but also for other emergent surgical conditions. Chapters are clearly written and include black-and-white photographs, CT scans, plain radiographs, and tables. Each chapter has a detailed reference list with citations dating to within two years of publication representing original work. Chapters end with a commentary, typically from another expert in the field, offering a perspective to complement chapter content. The table of contents groups chapters by sections and lists chapter authors and commentary contributors. A massive index of 50 pages includes separate citations for tables and figures.
Assessment: This book remains the standard against which other works in the field may be judged. Content has been expanded and updated from the previous edition (2004) and the quality of artwork improved. The book is best used by surgeons. Information on prehospital work is limited and the presentation on critical care does not provide consistent detail. I was surprised at some production and editorial errors, but these do not detract from the overall quality of the book.