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January 2, 1954

Surgery of Trauma

JAMA. 1954;154(1):97. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940350099034

The author and 41 other contributors have produced a book that should be issued to every medical officer entering the military service. Furthermore, the book may serve as a reference for practicing physicians, who deal with trauma in civil life. The subject matter is presented in a concise and well-documented manner. The bibliography is extensive. The illustrations are well chosen and properly placed. The book is divided into sections on (1) the physiological aspects of the management of trauma, (2) regional wound surgery, (3) military considerations in wound management, and (4) study methods and research problems. Sections 2 and 3 are discussions of trauma as encountered in military surgery. The punch press type of trauma, so common in civil life, and diaphragmatic hernia caused by indirect trauma are not covered. One would expect the latter to be included in a book on the surggery of trauma, especially in our mechanized

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