Hurt: The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care

Hurt: The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care

by Catherine Musemeche MD


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Hurt: The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care by Catherine Musemeche MD

Trauma is a disease of epidemic proportions that preys on the young, killing more Americans up to age thirty-seven than all other afflictions combined. Every year an estimated 2.8 million people are hospitalized for injuries and more than 180,000 people die.

We take for granted that no matter how or where we are injured, someone will call 911 and trained first responders will show up to insert IVs, stop the bleeding, and swiftly deliver us to a hospital staffed by doctors and nurses with the expertise necessary to save our lives. None of this happened on its own.

Told through the eyes of a surgeon who has flown on rescue helicopters, resuscitated patients in trauma centers in Houston and Chicago, and operated on hundreds of trauma victims of all ages, Hurt takes us on a tour of the advancements in injury treatment from the battlefields of the Civil War to the state-of-the-art trauma centers of today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611687965
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 822,326
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

CATHERINE MUSEMECHE, MD, is a pediatric surgeon and former professor of surgery at the University of Texas Medical School. She is the author of Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery.

Table of Contents

Along for the Ride
The Lessons of War
The Weakest Link
Learning to Fly
Rescue Warriors
The Color of Blood
A Tower of Terror
Off-Road MD
The Save
Our Plastic Brains
The Trauma Within
The Road Back
Losing a Limb, Finding a Cause

What People are Saying About This

Paul Ruggieri

“Hurt is a fascinating journey through the history of trauma care in this country. Musemeche's unique ability to weave moving, personal stories with intriguing facts takes this book well beyond a great read. It is an education in the human spirit.”

John Raffensperger

“Dr. Musemeche deserves accolades for writing Hurt. It should become a best seller, be in every doctor’s library and required reading for students and residents.”

Sue Baker MPH

"This is an amazing book—absolutely spellbinding, from a powerful writer. Dr. Musemeche has done a super job."

R. Lawrence Moss

“Like an expert translator who makes a work of literature accessible to people who don’t speak its language, Dr. Musemeche provides us all with a vivid view into the fascinating history of treating the injured.”

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Hurt: The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
henrycalphinjr More than 1 year ago
I'm a former EMT who was always drawn toward trauma cases. I expected to like this book and I wasn't let down. Musemeche provides an interesting read with a human element. This book will be most exciting for those involved with emergency care on some level, yet it is an eye-opening read for anyone with interest in the evolution of trauma care through a series of good stories.
RuthieJonesTX More than 1 year ago
Hurt is so much more than the typical non-fictional account of trauma care. Divided into three parts (Transport, Treatment, and Post-Trauma), Hurt is well written and fast paced and covers a lot of historical ground and shows how that history has shaped so many aspects of the medical industry. I’ve always had a non-professional fascination with healthcare, so reading Hurt has been both entertaining and enlightening. This small book packs in so much information, without getting bogged down in too many details or too much jargon. The author bookends many of the sections with real-life anecdotes that put the corresponding information into perspective. While several stories involve accidents and misfortunes on the domestic front, the book details many innovative technologies and procedures developed out of necessity during times of war, when so many people are torn apart and ravaged from ever-increasing methods of destruction. Hurt takes you on a technological and procedural journey that involves hearses commissioned as make-shift ambulances, re-evaluating the steps in trauma care, innovative ways to preserve donated blood for later use, the long-term (and often deadly) effects of shock (I had no idea!), remote trauma care, brain and spinal cord injuries that continue to baffle and devastate, the long-reaching and long-lasting effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, and recognizing and understanding the importance of rehabilitation. The information in Hurt hammers home how much we often take what we have today for granted: ambulances and trained medical personnel, 911 service, modern and amazing technology that saves and keeps so many alive, safety equipment we use without even thinking about it, and the continued development of prostheses that is making the bionic woman and six million dollar man a reality. As this book outlines, many medical technologies and procedures that we take for granted did not happen overnight or without push back or even scoffing. Hurt highlights several committed men and women who saw a need and worked (and continue to work) relentlessly to effect change in the world of trauma care that affects all of us.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Hurt is a book that explains more of what being a trauma surgeon is really like. Even though this is a book that explains in detail about certain accidents or traumas, it's not filled with blood and gore which is perfect for someone who wants to learn more about the topic without being totally grossed out. My only problem with this book is the fact it would start a personal story, then interrupt it mid-way to explain in detail about what the certain trauma entailed, and then resume the personal story three or four pages later. I would have preferred the full personal stories be told without interruption but thankfully, the information provided definitely made you see more about what was really going on regarding the challenges of treatment of the injuries within the personal story. This book is perfect for anyone who has a family member or friend in the medical field or just for anyone who wants more information about what life is really like (and historically has been like) when treating trauma patients. Thank You to Catherine Musemeche for sharing your stories so everyone can truly understand your world as a trauma surgeon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this BEFORE seeing HURT reviewed in EMS World ( - and would encourage almost anyone to read this book. From being left on the battlefields of the Civil War to the state of the art trauma centers we now almost take for granted, HURT gives us an historical perspective, tremendous respect for the pioneers and legends Musemeche introduces us to in a fast-paced, fascinating 200 page read. The sections on traumatic brain injury (including a remarkable real life example - NBC Bob Woodruff's critical injury while reporting from Iraq in 2006) and PTSD provide information I am now particularly grateful to possess. I am not a medical professional, but I found both SMALL (the author's first book on pediatric surgery) and HURT immensely readable and chockablock full of life-saving information. Don't just take my word for it, read the EMS World review - if you have family members or friends who have returned from, are in combat, or have received orders - this is a must read.