Ford and Andrassy have carefully and thoughtfully created a textbook of great practical use to frontline practitioners caring for children with various types and severities of injuries. It should become part of the libraries of emergency departments, urgent care centers, and practitioner offices where the provision of care for traumatic injuries may be needed. In addition, it fulfills the need for a textbook of the core educational material for medical students and residents about issues in pediatric trauma.
The text takes the reader through a short tutorial on the fundamental statistics of pediatric injury categories, including those features unique to children, and a treatise on decision making, especially when faced with uncertainty. The chapter on decision making is both thorough and theoretical, more than is probably necessary for the purposes of a general textbook geared to nontrauma surgeons or emergency department or critical care physicians.
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