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May 6, 1974

Symposium on the Treatment of Burns

JAMA. 1974;228(6):765-766. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230310071040

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The title describes this book accurately. It is not supposed to be a textbook, but rather the invited, collected, and edited presentations made at a conference held in 1971. Its purpose, as stated in the preface, is to summarize recent development in burn care. It succeeds quite well in doing this.

There are 39 chapters, many very short, and of varied character. There are "how to do it" chapters; some report experience with a particular aspect of burns; others are reviews of the literature; and still others are narrowly focused discussions of special problems. For nearly all of them, the general approach is totally practical and oriented to clinical problems. The illustrations show more burned people and fewer burned animals than appear in the proceedings of most burn meetings. Quite appropriately, reconstruction, with two chapters on the ear and one on the eyebrow, is emphasized in a volume sponsored by