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December 17, 1982

Emergency Surgery: Trauma, Shock, Sepsis, Burns

JAMA. 1982;248(23):3180. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330230078044

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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