MANUAL OF DEFINITIVE SURGICAL TRAUMA CARE, 2ND EDITION
Author: Kenneth Boffard
Bibliographic Data: Hodder Arnold, 2007. Distributor: Oxford University Press, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-340-94764-7, NLM: WO 500, LC: RD93, 237 pages, soft cover, $69.95.
Reviewer's Expert Opinion
Description: This monograph is designed to accompany a surgical curriculum for the management of injury. Purpose: Didactic material for a short course focused on lifesaving surgical techniques and decision making in the management of injury is provided. Audience: Surgical trainees, junior faculty, and established surgeons managing injured patients are an appropriate audience for this work, which comes from an international editorial board. Features: After an administrative overview, care of the patient is discussed, beginning with resuscitation and continuing through presentation and management of injuries according to organ system. An important chapter on decision making is designed to aid clinicians in key decisions during prehospital care, initial resuscitation, damage control management, and recognition of complications such as the abdominal compartment syndrome. The remaining chapters cover supporting topics including neurologic trauma, geriatrics, pediatrics, imaging, and care in the austere or military environment. Appendixes include a complete set of organ injury scoring scales and a description of trauma systems. Chapters are clearly written with tables and line drawings aiding in identification of key points. Although there are no photographs, the line drawings are excellent. Some of the references are web sites, but many are important papers from the primary literature dating to within one year of publication. The table of contents lists chapter titles as well as all subheadings. Assessment: This is an appropriate update of the first edition published in 2003. Important recent thinking on resuscitation and its complications such as abdominal compartment syndrome are included or updated. Most important is a concise description of good clinical thinking similar to that found in, Hirshberg and Mattox, (tfm Publishing, 2005).
Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)