This most important book is a guide to the early care of the trauma patient. It is not a detailed text on trauma but a well-organized, easy-to-read volume that should contribute much to the quality of care of the injured patient. Expanded in content, this first edition replaces the previously published Management of Fractures and Soft Tissue Injuries.
Some of the 24 chapters are devoted to subjects such as primary management and assessment of injury, resuscitation, shock, infection, anesthesia and types of injuries. The bulk of the book is organized by chapters that present, by anatomical region, trauma common to those regions. Some of the sections begin with an outline summary of care for quick reference. All chapters are concise, utilizing outline form where practical and italics and boldface type to stress important facts. None of the chapters are identified by author and bibliographical references are omitted. The 200 illustrations