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July 10, 1987

Trauma in Children

Author Affiliations

University of South Florida College of Medicine Tampa

University of South Florida College of Medicine Tampa


edited by Randall E. Marcus, 288 pp, with illus, $54, Rockville, Md, Aspen Publishers Inc, 1986.

JAMA. 1987;258(2):268-269. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400020110045

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This book is a multiauthor, 14-chapter, 288-page text edited by Randall E. Marcus, who is a member of the Department of Orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the coordinator of trauma services.

Some chapters are divided according to specialties, while other chapters deal with the initial treatment, prognosis, metabolism, and emotional, psychological, and legal implications of childhood trauma. Often implicit in such a volume are chapters that are excellent (spine injury, fracture treatment, and psychological, emotional, and legal aspects) and others that could be incorporated or deleted (soft tissue, complications of musculoskeletal injury, and treatment, prognosis, and metabolism). A chapter on the burned child might be more appropriate.

Minor flaws consist of tables that pertain to adults, roentgenograms that are obviously those of an adult, and figure legends that do not state the age of the person depicted. Other annoyances include only two paragraphs on injury