"Encyclopedic reference" is a pertinent description of this first of a two-volume treatise on thoracic trauma. It represents the consecutive experience from 1962 to 1972 at the Service de Chirurgie Générale et Thoracique "A" of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland. This included 1,800 cases of severe trauma with the development of as many as 200 items of information for each casualty.
Volume 1 consists of six chapters: general considerations, deceleration and crush injury, penetrating-perforating wounds, blunt trauma, fluid collections, and pulmonary trauma. Volume 2 will be devoted to five additional chapters on trachea and bronchi, heart and pericardium, aorta and great vessels, diaphragm, and esophagus. Each volume has its own complete bibliography and adequate index.
The conceptual basis for the volume, as expressed by the authors in their introduction, is "that x-rays and photographs give a more favorable and concrete account of the dynamics of physio-pathological processes than