[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
May 27, 1974

The Management of Trauma

Author Affiliations

University of California Irvine, Calif

JAMA. 1974;228(9):1166. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230340064042

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


"Trauma is exceeded only by cardiovascular disease and cancer as a cause of death among persons between the ages of 1 and 37 years. Thus, in terms of man-years lost, trauma can be considered our leading killer." To meet the challenge of this eminently preventable cause of death and disability, editors Ballinger, Rutherford, and Zuidema have selected a highly successful mix of specialists and medical centers. The 39 authors emphasize the principles and techniques of early management of trauma, paying particular attention to the physiologic disturbances that accompany serious injury.

The core chapters on initial evaluation and treatment, pathophysiology of trauma, and treatment of shock are from the editors' pens, as are the chapters on thoracic trauma, abdominal trauma, and peripheral vascular injuries; each sets a high standard of authorship. Head and spinal cord injuries are concisely elucidated by Walker's group. Edgerton has organized a fine exposition of maxillofacial and