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Book and Media Reviews
December 20, 2006


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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(23):2859-2864. doi:10.1001/jama.296.23.2862-b

Immersion injuries are an important cause of mortality and morbidity throughout the world, in both developed and developing countries. However, there are many gaps in knowledge about immersion injuries: the definition is not agreed on, the approach to data collection is often not systematic, the burden is not clear, approaches to prevention have rarely been evaluated, and treatments vary, to name just some of the problem areas. Handbook on Drowning: Prevention, Rescue, Treatment is the first comprehensive attempt to gather knowledge about immersion, to propose standard approaches to research in the area, and to make recommendations that can systematically guide the research and practice agenda in the years ahead.

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