March 14, 1980

Shock Trauma Manual

Author Affiliations

The Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine University of Illinois at the Medical Center Chicago


by William Gill and William B. Long III, 283 pp, with illus, paper, $18, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1979.

JAMA. 1980;243(10):1083-1084. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300360051032

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This paperback manual is an outgrowth of the authors' extensive experience at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medicine. The concept developed there is that rapid transport to well-equipped, well-staffed facilities, where proved techniques can be applied, is superior to extensive resuscitative efforts at the scene of the accident or in local, sporadically staffed institutions. In recognition of the fact that tertiary care facilities are not always available, this manual appears to be an attempt to provide emergency physicians, residents, and others with the basic information necessary to care for critically injured patients.

The first part of this manual is a concise, rather brief description of the evaluation and resuscitation of the injured, followed by a relevant, practical, and useful review of the management of specific injuries and problems in trauma. Only principles are emphasized; no attempt is made to expound on treatment details. Curiously, some important therapeutic adjuncts were overlooked: