Description: This is the fourth edition of the standard textbook for care of the injured patient. The previous edition was published in 1996.
Purpose: A comprehensive textbook is provided with descriptions of management of injury from the pre-hospital pick-up to operative procedures, critical care, and rehabilitation.
Audience: Students of injury at all degrees of sophistication and experience will benefit from this work. Contributors represent the leadership at trauma centers throughout the U.S. with scattered contributions from Western Europe and South America.
Features: Sixty-five chapters and over 1400 pages are found in this attractive hardbound text. Content organization is predictable beginning with pre-hospital care and trauma system design. In subsequent chapters the sequential course of the injured patient through emergency department, operating room, and ICU care is described. Chapters are organized according to organ system or specific injury types. For example, bites and stings receive separate discussion as do burns and other forms of radiation and temperature associated injury. Discussion of the critical care management of these patients is also organized according to organ system. Finally, medicolegal issues are reviewed. Chapters are clearly written and amply referenced with original work. References date to within two years of publication but many are unchanged from the third edition. Black-and-white illustrations reproduce with good quality as do photographs and radiograph reproductions. The table of contents includes chapter title, authorship, and organization according to section of the text. A detailed index with separate citations for figures and tables is also provided.
Assessment: This remains the leading textbook for the practitioner interested in the management of injury. The highly successful format of recent editions has not changed but there has been some evolution to new and younger contributors. The addition of invited commentaries after many of the chapters is a valuable way to emphasize critical points and constructively insert alternative opinions.