After many years of relative paucity, there has in recent years been a great proliferation of books on trauma and trauma care. To merit attention in this current arena, a book needs to be a notch above the norm in either scope or content. Trauma: Pathogenesis and Treatment, edited by Stephen Westaby, BSc, MS, FRCS, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England, is successful in both scope and content. The book's 34 authors are drawn mainly from the United Kingdom, with significant contributions from the United States, Japan, and Ireland. In the preface it is stated that the authors aimed for broad appeal, and this has been achieved quite nicely.
The topics covered range from addressing the standard subjects of resuscitation and organ system injuries to reconstruction techniques. In addition, there are very interesting and well-written chapters dealing with different countries' trauma centers, prehospital issues, and organ donation and retrieval. The chapters