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December 19, 1966

Care of the Trauma Patient

Author Affiliations

Oakland, Calif

JAMA. 1966;198(12):1316. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110250130050

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World-wide attention focused on Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas when fatally injured John F. Kennedy was taken there Nov 22, 1963. Now, from this center comes a valuable book on care of the injured patient. With 120,000 emergency patients and 2,500 operative procedures for treatment of trauma each year, Parkland Hospital may well be, as stated on the jacket, "the busiest trauma center in the world."

Of the book's three major divisions, the first is devoted to general principles. The reader will find discussions of shock, wound management, infections, the metabolic response to trauma, anesthesia for injured patients, and intravenous therapy. In a second section, specific types of injuries are considered. Appropriate specialists discuss trauma to the abdomen, chest, nervous system, hand, eye, and other sites. A third division deals with complications that follow trauma or surgery for trauma. Topics include fluid management, pulmonary disorders, renal failure, embolism, stress ulcers,