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October 11, 1995

Management of Pediatric Trauma

Author Affiliations

Yale School of Medicine New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1995;274(14):1174. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530140086043

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Management of Pediatric Trauma edited by William Buntain is more than the conventional recitation of childhood injuries and their treatment, but rather a "call to consider the approach to injured children from the broad perspective of pediatric and trauma oriented surgeons as an integrated and comprehensive evaluation and management process." I believe the editor, a general pediatric surgeon with an interest and insight into pediatric trauma problems, has largely succeeded.

The text is a major effort covering 814 pages in six sections and 53 chapters with 715 illustrations. The editor concedes the effort took 6 to 12 years to complete, but the work does not appear either dated or encyclopedic. Each chapter is well illustrated and followed by a reasonable number of historical and recent references. There is a nice balance between tables, illustrations, and line drawings, which clarify and emphasize the text.

The first four sections cover the more

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