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September 26, 1977

Burn Therapy and Research

JAMA. 1977;238(13):1412. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280140090037

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Treatment of the severely burned patient constitutes an international problem. Advances in burn treatment made in Edinburgh; Birmingham, Ala; San Antonio, Tex; and the Shriner's Burn Units are well known to those who read the English literature. However, as the authors state, "The literature on burns is very extensive, and acquaintance with its entirety is impossible (for language reasons among others)."

In this small volume, scientists in the Western world can for the first time become acquainted with techniques for the treatment of burns in Eastern Europe. Ordinarily, the information contained in the well-written text would be available only to those who could afford the time to travel extensively through Eastern European countries. Of particular value are the detailed historical descriptions in almost every chapter of the development of modern methods of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. Chapter 5 contains an exceedingly good history and explanation of all burn-treatment formulas.