The current trend in the preparation of textbooks is to ask various authors to formulate chapters in their respective areas of special competence. The editors then assemble these essays into a text that they hope will be meaningful. Zuidema, Rutherford, and Ballinger, in the third edition of this book, have more than adequately achieved their goal.
The text is divided into sections on the general aspects of shock and trauma, postoperative dilemmas after massive trauma, as well as the individual organs and systems. The chapters that deal with thoracic and abdominal trauma are complete without being lengthy or redundant. One of the most valuable chapters is Rutherford's on the management of vascular trauma. This includes protocols for preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative treatment. Practical solutions to the common pitfalls that ensnare the surgeon who treats vascular trauma are clearly presented. The sections that deal with orthopedic, ophthalmic, and neurologic trauma are