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March 1973

Early Care of the Injured Patient.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(3):367-368. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350150101041

This volume is the natural outgrowth of the earlier manuals published by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) covering the management of fractures and soft tissue injuries. It is a concise, well-illustrated, and excellent guide to the early care of the injured individual based upon a broad range of proved clinical experience, by the members of the Committee on Trauma of the ACS. Approximately half of the book is devoted to principles in the management and diagnosis of fractures and dislocations and, thus, would be particularly valuable for the general surgeon who is often forced to deal with these injuries as a part of his total care of a traumatized patient. Not only is there an adequate outline of the generally accepted principles of care, but modern alternatives are frequently provided so that the reader can gain a full view of the intellectual controversy that often is necessary to provoke

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