The editor has brought together 29 physicians whose stated aim is to present an in-depth pictorial approach to the radiological examination of the emergency patient. The scope of conditions presented varies from the blunt and penetrating forms of trauma usually seen in emergency rooms (ERs) or trauma centers, to iatrogenic trauma, most likely to be encountered in hospital inpatients.
The philosophic approach to the primary imaging modality indicated for various traumatic conditions varies between chapters, but each author presents his convictions. Drs Hanson, Rice, and Mancuso make a unique presentation of the radiologic evaluation of trauma of the larynx and trachea. Drs D. Forrester et al illustrate osseous trauma of the extremities, thorax, and pelvis with surprising breadth and clarity for the 128 pages used. The chapter on the analysis of the plain film of the abdomen by the editor seems out of phase with much of the book, as