October 2, 1987

Trauma: Emergency Surgery and Critical Care

Author Affiliations

Medical College of Pennsylvania Philadelphia

Medical College of Pennsylvania Philadelphia


edited by John H. Siegel, 1206 pp, with illus, $150, New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1987.

JAMA. 1987;258(13):1826-1827. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400130140055

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A comprehensive review of trauma would require the presentation of an overwhelming amount of information for the reader. For this reason, John Siegel has approached the subject by restricting the scope of his book to the surgical and critical care management of the adult trauma victim in the civilian setting of a developed, industrial society. Dr Siegel's book, Trauma: Emergency Surgery and Critical Care, includes contributions from more than 50 authors, many with international reputations in their fields. Authors from many fields and specialties are represented, including contributors from his own institution, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, and other trauma and academic centers.

As Dr Siegel points out, the book is not "an encyclopedic textbook that covers every conceivable topic of trauma care." The approach is to consider trauma from a basic science and clinical perspective emphasizing central themes. The book consists of eight sections on the