TRAUMA: CONTEMPORARY PRINCIPLES AND THERAPY
Editors: Lewis Flint, MD, FACS; J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS; C. William Schwab, MD, FACS; Donald D. Trunkey, MD, FACS; Loring W. Rue III, MD, FACS; Paul A. Taheri, MD
Bibliographic Data: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-7817-5650-1, NLM: WO 700, LC: RD93, 784 pages, hard cover, $199.00.
Reviewer's Expert Opinion:
Description: This is the first edition of a multidisciplinary comprehensive textbook on the management of trauma. Purpose: Components of trauma system organization are reviewed and applied to the management of injured patients. Audience: Practitioners in all disciplines involved in the management of injury may benefit from this work featuring authors among the nursing, surgical, and emergency medicine staff at major trauma centers in North America. Features: The four initial sections, nearly one third of the book, describe the organization of trauma systems, injury prevention, and performance of trauma centers. Physician and nursing specialist practices are described. Emphasis is placed on building design and economics along with traditional topics. The fifth and largest section of the work describes management of injury by organ system with later chapters providing overviews of anesthetic concerns, geriatrics, and burn injury. Concluding sections describe critical care for injury, ethics, and end-of-life management. Chapters are clearly written and make good use of tables and black-and-white line drawings. Radiographs are reproduced with acceptable though not excellent quality. Chapters provide reference lists featuring original work. In some cases, citations date to within one to two years of publication, but not all chapters include current references. Assessment: This is the third major work in this field published in recent months. Its strengths include the multidisciplinary presentations and the focus on topics such as finance and "bricks and mortar" considerations not emphasized in older texts. However, editorial inconsistencies are common and affect figures, front pages, and the organization. The other major offerings in this area, Trauma: Emergency Resuscitation, Perioperative Anesthesia, Surgical Management, Critical Care, edited by Wilson, Grande and Hoyt (Informa Healthcare, 2007), can be recommended for critical care coverage, while, 6th Edition, edited by Feliciano, Mattox, and Moore (McGraw Hill, 2008), remains the surgeon's "bible."
Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)