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May 1, 1972

Contemporary Burn Management

JAMA. 1972;220(5):732. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200050068034

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This text, put together by two surgeons experienced in the care of burn patients and with the assistance of 23 contributing authors, presents many of the significant advances in the therapy of thermal injury. Most of the important areas of interest are covered and the book is conveniently divided into six parts with the contributions grouped according to subject matter. Following each of these parts the authors have inserted a summary of each section. It is here that the authors could well have greatly strengthened their presentation by clearly defining for the inexperienced the important differences between the preceding presentations. The conflicting statements and philosophies of the contributing authors are separated with difficulty by even the experienced burn surgeon and the residents, medical students, and the occasional burn surgeon will have great difficulty in deciding which therapy to follow.

Generally well written, amply illustrated, and with each segment adequate to