Management of the injured suddenly became a respectable professional surgical specialty following the Arlie Conference in 1979, when the societal impact of civilian trauma became recognized. Prior to that time, interest in the injured was relegated primarily to orthopedists and a few academicians interested in the metabolic response to injury. Of course, there were many who became involved in the care of the injured during war, but this was episodic.
Reflecting the sudden popularity of and concern with civilian traumatology, there has been a veritable flood of textbooks dealing with trauma in the past five years. The three texts listed above all hit the market in one month!
McSwain and Kerstein's book is a pragmatic guide to early assessment and management of the severely injured as practiced in New Orleans. It is more than a manual but by design is of manageable proportions to make it suitable for ready reference