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Trauma and Pregnancy

Sylvia M. Ramos, MD
JAMA. 1985;254(14):1998. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360140160047.
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Trauma and Pregnancy, edited by Christine E. Haycock, is intended for "general surgeons, emergency medical specialists, and any specialist who must manage the care of the traumatized pregnant patient." Its 15 chapters are written by present or former faculty of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey who have garnered experience from patients seen in the University Hospital's emergency room, which has 80,000 to 100,000 annual visits.

As is mentioned in the book, approximately 7% of all pregnant women will undergo traumatic injury of various types. Therefore, this book is very timely and likely to have a wide and heterogeneous audience among medical specialists. There are several up-to-date and informative chapters, among which are "Anesthetic Management of Traumatized Patients," "Neonatal Aspects of the Injured Fetus," "Chest Trauma in Pregnancy," and "Orthopedic Trauma in the Pregnant Patient." Discussion in these chapters is centered on the traumatized pregnant woman or


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