October 1993

Electrical Trauma: The Pathophysiology, Manifestations and Clinical Management

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St Louis, Mo


edited by R. C. Lee, E. G. Cravalho, and J. F. Burke, 434 pp, $120, Cambridge, England, Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Arch Surg. 1993;128(10):1171-1172. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1993.01420220091015

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The effects of electrical current on biological systems can be lifesaving, as in cardiac defibrillation, or life (and limb) threatening, as from contact with high-tension power sources. The clinical spectrum of electrical injury is extraordinarily diverse, ranging from cataract formation to myoglobinuric renal failure, even without mentioning the putative carcinogenic effect of electromagnetic fields. It would therefore be an excellent idea to produce a comprehensive book on electrical trauma that provided up-to-date information on the relevant biophysics, pathophysiology, and treatment, especially because, to my knowledge, no such book exists. The breadth and complexity of the subject would require contributions by multiple experts from diverse disciplines if it were to be truly comprehensive. With Electrical Trauma, such a book now exists.

The book contains important information on the clinical presentation and the management of electrical injury and presents in detail current knowledge of the biophysics of electrical current in biological systems.

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