This brief manual is "intended for the medical student, physician, and paramedical person who desires a brief but incisive introduction to the diagnosis and early management of most trauma emergencies." The book is well written, with easy-to-read type and appropriate diagrams. There are only three chapters, but they cover the entire range of trauma emergencies seen by a generalist or surgeon in the emergency ward. A short list of selected references is included.
The introductory chapter gives vital background information gleaned from a large experience at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. The ethical and legal aspects of emergency room care are briefly but adequately discussed. The problem of primary care rendered in an emergency room clinic is discussed with an introduction to the concept of triage.
The second chapter is devoted to ambulatory problems, minor and major. Such common problems as the embedded fishhook, subungual hematoma, and dog bites are discussed