For the rest of this decade this will be a valuable reference for any investigator of hemorrhagic shock. It deals primarily with the study of hemorrhagic shock in the laboratory on a variety of experimental models with a variety of conclusions, hence it is of little value to the practicing clinician. Detection of the subtle differences between experiments requires experience in reading the literature in shock, and there is no definitive summary, hence the book has limited value to medical students or residents. The book is composed of the papers presented at a 1973 symposium (sponsored by the University of Miami and the US Navy), which represents a good but by no means complete sampling of major contributors to shock and fluid research. Hence, it is not an all-inclusive reference on the subject.
The book is divided into four sections: (1) pathophysiology, (2) blood, (3) fluid resuscitation, and (4) miscellaneous.