This book is a welcome addition to the literature. It is one of the few collections addressed exclusively to pediatric trauma. The potential audience for the book is quite large because accidents are a common cause of morbidity in childhood and are the leading cause of mortality, and because good, comprehensive textbooks dealing with the subject are not already on everyone's shelf.
The book is divided into two sections and contains 20 chapters. Part 1 includes seven chapters grouped together under the heading "General Considerations"; part 2 considers specific injuries by organ system.
The "Table of Contents" is impressive for two reasons. First is the roster of authors. Second, the editor must be credited for thoroughness and thoughtfulness in his selection of topics. This is particularly evident in the general considerations section. There are the more or less expected chapters (overview of pediatric trauma, evaluation and initial management, and anesthesia