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August 17, 1984

Comprehensive Approaches to the Burned Person

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston

JAMA. 1984;252(7):951-952. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350070063030

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The effects of a severe body burn can be devastating. Victims of burns present one of the most difficult care problems in clinical medicine and are best managed by comprehensive teams that cut across many specialized disciplines. Edited by a psychiatrist and a plastic surgeon, this book offers more than the usual "cookbook" approach to burn care as each contributor outlines an area of expertise while placing emphasis on a personal sense of involvement, frustrations, and challenges. The reader gains real insight into what a nurse, physical therapist, or priest experiences when dealing with a helpless burn victim.

The importance of humanistic care and the true art of medicine are recurrent themes. Personal and moral issues such as life as a disfigured person, termination of care, self-image, and marital relationships are as important as early resuscitation and wound coverage. Pain management, comprehensive nursing, nutrition, physical therapy, recreation, education, and social