The title of this book is an understatement of its contents. In this monograph, Gruber has organized much of the available information on volume replacement for the treatment of hemorrhagic shock. The subject matter is thoroughly referenced and presented in a manner which permits the reader either to browse through the book or study the subject in depth. Although the book is a translation from German, the translators have exercised skill in providing a text in readable idiomatic English.
Following a brief description of the pathophysiology of blood loss and hemorrhagic shock, Gruber provides a detailed and referenced description of the advantages, dangers, and disadvantages of the multiple forms of volume replacement. These include detailed descriptions of the use of whole blood, plasma, dextran, gelatin, polyvinylpyrrolidone (povidone), hydroxyethyl starch, and colloidal free solutions. This section of the book is written in a matter of fact fashion with little editorial comment.