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January 1983

Shock Trauma/Critical Care Manual

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edited by R. Adams Cowley and C. Michael Dunham, 586 pp, $49.95, Baltimore, University Park Press, 1982.

Arch Surg. 1983;118(1):132. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1983.01390010098029

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The many current books on trauma vary from esoteric to pragmatic, and there is a place for both. The ones that fail are like most compromises that try to satisfy everyone. This new book does not make this mistake. It is admittedly, purposely, and solely a manual. It is the essence of what the physician should do in the emergency room and in the early care of the seriously injured. It is an itemized text, lean and hard. As such it is scarcely bedside reading but predictably will be a standard item for physicians both in trauma centers and in hospitals where physicians only occasionally care for the severely injured. Its bold type and its few, no-nonsense diagrams are all designed for such use.

Behind this primer is an enormous clinical and administrative experience. The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems habitually uses trauma fellows of wide background, and

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