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The purpose of this book is to "summarize the present state of the art in the care of the traumatized and acutely ill patient" as presented at a University of Minnesota Department of Surgery course in emergency surgery. The content is extremely broad in scope, covering metabolic and physiologic alterations seen after a number of acute disorders as well as how-to approaches to treatment, both operative and nonoperative. Interspersed among a series of chapters are panel discussions where a number of topics are discussed by presenters or chapter authors.
Although viewed as a major advantage by the editors, the immense scope of topics is actually a disadvantage. Most chapters are extremely brief, leading to a very general discussion of the topic, although a number of chapters dealing with less technical information such as the treatment of bites and tetanus are complete and informative. The description of operative approaches as presented
Demling RH. Emergency Surgery: Trauma, Shock, Sepsis, Burns. JAMA. 1982;248(23):3180. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330230078044
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