January 1983

Early Care of the Injured Patient

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ed 3, edited by Alexander Walt, Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons, 413 pp, with illus, $22.50, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1982.

Arch Surg. 1983;118(1):132-133. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1983.01390010098031

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This is the third edition of this respected manual on care of the patient with trauma. I was pleased to find that the length of the book had actually decreased by 20 pages, allowing it to remain an eminently readable text for the surgeon, emergency specialist, house officer, and student alike. There is sufficient depth in most chapters, however, so that the book should continue to serve as a reference guide, particularly for the general surgeon who provides care for the patient with trauma on an intermittent but not on a regular basis.

Every chapter has been completely rewritten or extensively updated. In a book of this scope, it is inevitable that every reader with experience in the trauma field will find some points of disagreement. I would like to see the illustrations of chest tube insertion demonstrate the formation of a subcutaneous tunnel, instead of showing simply a hole

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