Sept 21, 1984

The Decubitus Ulcer

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Medical Center


by Lawrence Charles Parish, Joseph A. Witkowski, and John Thorne Crissey, 134 pp, with illus, paper, $15, New York, Masson Publishing USA Inc, 1983.

JAMA. 1984;252(11):1475-1476. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350110069040

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This 134-page book covers in 13 chapters all one might need or want to know about a commonplace, frustrating problem confronting patients, nursing personnel, and physicians in all arenas of medical practice.

From a discussion of the origin of the term decubitus in chapter 1, the historical aspects, pathophysiology, clinical picture, histopathology, bacteriology, medical, surgical, and rehabilitative approaches, compounding medical aspects, decubitus ulcers in animals, a pressure sore protocol, and prevention are considered in succeeding chapters.

Several chapters are written by the authors while others are written by various contributors, leading to some redundancy. The literature on this topic is reviewed but not critically evaluated. It is an extensive summary of old, for the most part, well-known material without the addition of new information. But it is a useful reference book on an important problem and can be read in a short time.