The burn injury spans a spectrum ranging from annoying erythema to instant incineration; it afflicts 2 million US patients per annum, of whom one quarter are bed-disabled. Burns are the most frequent fatal accident besetting the youngest and the oldest members of our population. And "in general, there is no injury which is less expertly treated by the medical profession at large than a burn," profess the authors in introducing The Treatment of Burns. This volume, when it receives the wide circulation it deserves, will, I hope, do much to belie its own gloomy pronouncement.
The burn therapy scene has recently been one of revolution, and the Brooke Army Surgical Research Unit has been a site of much of the ferment. As commanders of this unit (and now as professors at the University of South Carolina), the authors have led many of the revolutionary campaigns: topical antibacterial therapy, fluid replacement,