January 1991

Burn Trauma

Author Affiliations

Baltimore, Md


by Robert H. Demling and Cheryl Lalonde, 304 pp, with illus, $75, New York, NY, Thieme Medical Publishers Inc, 1989.

Arch Surg. 1991;126(1):117. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1991.01410250125027

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One of a series on trauma management, this book seems directed toward the surgical house officer on rotation at a burn service, although this aim is not explicitly stated. Sections address resuscitation, patient condition after resuscitation, inflammation and infection, rehabilitation, remodeling, electrical injuries, and combination trauma and burn. A final, 44-page reference section contains tables of normal values and interpretations of deviations from these values in patients with burn injury in intensive-care units. No references or reading lists are given, but several excellent color plates are presented.

The book is simply and well written. Instead of the conventional approach used in many books discussing burn injury (with chapters on epidemiology, classification, triage, etc), the authors walk the reader through the management of a sick patient step by step, as if at the patient's bedside. This strategy, a series of clear algorithms, and the basic pathophysiologic approach to clinical problems lend

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