July 11, 1980

The Management of Trauma

Author Affiliations

University of Southern California School of Medicine Los Angeles


edited by George D. Zuidema, Robert B. Rutherford, and Walter F. Ballinger II, ed 3, 849 pp, with illus, $45, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1979.

JAMA. 1980;244(2):195. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310020063039

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The number of victims of trauma remains high, and there is a need for a text that provides reliable and easily retrievable information on their treatment. For several reasons, the third edition of The Management of Trauma, first published in 1968, fulfills this need. Fifty-eight authorities have been chosen to discuss the general pathophysiology of the events associated with trauma, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of specific injuries to every organ and system of the body. Specialists in any one discipline can, with ease, review the fundamentals of associated injuries that involve other systems. Revisions made on previous editions reflect recent developments and are appropriate.

Almost the first one fourth of the text is devoted to shock, vital organ function, and the diagnosis and treatment of organ failure. In the latter instance, renal and pulmonary failure are stressed. These introductory chapters are among the most valuable components of