The authors have achieved their purpose of providing a useful guide for the treatment of burns. Their experience permitted them to select from the vast literature those references which effectively supplement the clinical experience of the surgical research unit of the Brooke Army Medical Center, which provided the main source material for this book. More than one thousand burn patients were seen at the Brooke Army Medical Center during the seven-year interval 1949 to 1956.
All the important aspects of the clinical problems which the burn patient presents are amply dealt with. A succinct and practical description of the pathologic physiology essential to an understanding of these clinical problems is included. The metabolic response to the burn injury is briefly and clearly presented. Fluid replacement, the initial and late care of the burn wound, infection, nutrition, hormone therapy, and technique are discussed; useful information, such as methods for preparation of