The Trauma Manual: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 4th Edition

ISBN: 9781451116793
ISBN-10: 1451116799
Copyright: 2013
Edition: 4th
Editor: Peitzman, Andrew B., Rhodes, Michael, Schwab, C. William, Yealy, Donald M., Fabian, Timothy C.,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 80
Reviewer: David Dries,  MD  (University of Minnesota Medical School)
This is the fourth edition of a manual originally dedicated to trauma management, but which has now expanded to the work of acute care surgeons. The previous edition was published in 2008.
A pocket guide covers trauma, critical care, and emergency surgery.
Students and trainees rotating in these disciplines are an appropriate audience for this work originating from an international group of surgeons. The majority of contributors come from American trauma centers and acute care surgery programs.
The book opens with reviews on shock, surgical physiology, transfusion medicine, nutrition, patient transport, infectious diseases, and pain management. A second group of chapters describes trauma and burn injury based on organ systems and patient type, while a third group of approximately 15 chapters describes operative techniques for surgeons managing non-trauma surgical emergencies. A small group of presentations describe organ dysfunction in the ICU. Concluding chapters cover miscellaneous procedures. Contributors loosely follow an outline format. In some cases, paragraph structure is used while in others, sentences or phrases are used. Line drawings reproduce well while photographs and radiographs reproduce with uneven quality. Each chapter contains a reference list, typically with a small number of entries. Occasional references date to within one to two years of publication, but most citations are much older. In general, primary literature is represented. A summary of the organ injury scales developed by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma is followed by a detailed subject index.
The scope of this book has expanded to better reflect the work of the acute care surgeon. New chapters address the management of critical illness in surgical patients, while chapters on acute surgical problems have been updated and reorganized to reflect current practice.
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1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 8
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? 8