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John H. Wulsin, MD
JAMA. 1996;276(14):1195-1196. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540140083038.
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The third edition of this standard work appears some eight years after the second, prompted by new information. More than half the chapters have new first authors and four fresh chapters have been added.

The new volume is a big (1280 pages and 67 chapters), heavy (about 9 lb), multiauthored (121 contributors) reference work containing six major sections: "Overview," "General Approaches," "Specific Injuries," "Special Problems," "Complications After Trauma," and "Medicolegal and Legislative Issues." Obviously such a work defies detailed review, but a few observations may help the first-time purchaser and the reader of previous editions.

Being a comprehensive treatment of the entire field of surgical trauma, the volume contains so much information that it hardly serves as a quick guide for the harassed surgeon in the middle of the night, but rather as reading for morning-after study, reflection, and planning for the current and future injured patient. For instance, the


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