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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the seventh edition of a comprehensive textbook of injury management last updated in 2008.
Purpose: It is a clinical guide that begins with epidemiology and continues through assessment, surgery, critical care, and rehabilitation.
Audience: Clinicians at any level are an appropriate audience for this work from an international group of authorities, with major contributions from U.S. clinicians.
Features: An excellent addition to this edition is an atlas of anatomy and procedures, which runs over 50 pages and features beautiful, multicolored drawings with comments on essential clinical detail. The 61 chapters are grouped into five sections. The third and largest group describes treatment of specific injuries proceeding in a head-to-toe fashion. Additional chapters in this section review the pregnant patient and damage-control principles. Special problems are discussed next, including alcohol and drug use, pediatric concerns, combat casualty care, burns, and legal considerations. Final chapters describe critical care by organ system. Each chapter is divided into parts beginning with epidemiology, followed by airway care, anesthesia, transfusion therapy, and management of shock. Many illustrations from the sixth edition are retained, but production quality is improved, and this edition adds many high quality line drawings. Each chapter contains a detailed reference list featuring primary literature and selected websites. Some citations date to within three years of publication while many classic papers are much older than this.
Assessment: This remains the definitive book in this field. Many chapters and authors are retained from the sixth edition, but the content and references have been updated. Important developments in transfusion therapy and combat casualty care are emphasized. The atlas is a bonus for readers of this outstanding work.