December 1976

Clinical Evaluation of the Critically Injured

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Wrentham, Mass


by E. Truman Mays, 458 pp, with illus, $29.50, Springfield, Ill, Charles C Thomas Publisher, 1975.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(12):1412. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360300102024

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This book, Clinical Evaluation of the Critically Injured, includes many lessons that are probably common knowledge to most physicians, but it also contains nuggets that could have been mined only by one with considerable experience in the provision of emergency medical care. The author, E. Truman Mays, is one who obviously has such a fund of experience.

No book is available on the subject of emergency medical care that meets the needs of all physicians, nor is such a common denominator necessarily desirable. The question remains: For whom is this book written? Is it for the emergency care physician? the surgeon? primary care physician? medical student? It seems to this reviewer that the medical student and physician early in his training are the ones who would be most likely to benefit from it, because its emphasis is on evaluation rather than on therapy. Since evaluation and therapy cannot be separated

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