November 1996

The Textbook of Penetrating Trauma

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Oakland, Calif


edited by Rao R. Ivatury and C. Gene Cayten, 1158 pp, $179, ISBN 0-683-04338-2, Baltimore, Md, Williams & Wilkins, 1996.

Arch Surg. 1996;131(11):1233-1234. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1996.01430230115023

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The Textbook of Penetrating Trauma represents a comprehensive and authoritative presentation of the topic of penetrating trauma. Edited by Rao R. Ivatury, MD, MS(Surg), and C. Gene Cayten, MD, MPH, this textbook includes contributions from 149 trauma authorities and commentaries from 89 prominent trauma surgeons. The list of authors and commentators represent an impressive collection of all major national and international views on the subject of penetrating trauma.

This 1158-page book is organized into 11 parts, with 89 chapters covering all major issues in the modern management of penetrating trauma. Virtually every conceivable topic is discussed in detail, including a thorough discussion of the epidemiology, economics, and prevention of penetrating injuries. The evolution of thinking in modern trauma surgery is outlined extensively in this textbook.

Part I describes the evolution of modern trauma care and describes the circuitous connection of penetrating trauma from its military roots and application to civilian

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