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May 21, 1982


Author Affiliations

University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago


edited by David C. Carter and Hiram C. Polk, Jr (Butterworths International Medical Reviews: Surgery, vol 1), 327 pp, with illus, $29.95, Woburn, Mass, Butterworths, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;247(19):2724. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320440064046

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An increasingly popular form of reference volume is epitomized by this work, the first of several in this series to be produced by the authors. A variety of contributors from the United States and abroad have written overviews of the more problematic areas in trauma care and those with newer concepts in management. The editors have not been major contributors themselves, but have obviously carefully compiled the 17 chapters.

The greatest assets of this type of text are the compact form, readability, and, of course, relatively low cost. The authors chosen are those with ample credentials to qualify as experts in the field, and they have an obvious ability to communicate. Six chapters are followed by commentary from equally acknowledged leaders in trauma, offering a nice counterpoint to the major view expressed in the adjacent chapter.

The editors indicate that this volume is designed to keep both surgical house officers