In a world where violent people are wont to settle arguments with knives and guns, and peaceful people are hurled through space protected only by a fragile sheet metal box—cardiac trauma has become a fact of life and death in emergency rooms throughout the world.
Symbas has written a monograph on cardiac trauma drawing on his extensive experience in the management of severe trauma in the hospitals associated with Emory University. The book is designed as a handbook in the diagnosis and management of these potentially lethal injuries. The pathophysiology, diagnosis, and plan of management of trauma to the pericardium, heart, and great vessels is presented in clear, concise chapters. Throughout the book, emphasis is given to the changes in clinical presentation and the pitfalls in diagnosis that are unique to traumatic heart disease. For example, the vital importance of recognizing pericardial tamponade, which can occur in the absence of