About the Book
This book takes a unique approach to the subject of trauma and war surgery. This ground-breaking work sets a standard reference for care under difficult conditions, with the lack of medical facilities and proper staff. It promotes a concept of forward life support and surgery, which draws on the resources and knowledge of the local community, which improvises with local equipment and materials, and also includes a complete guide to post-operative, high-energy nutrition based on local foodstuffs and food-processing traditions.
The second revised edition contains updates on the injuries caused by modern weaponry, on post-injury physiology, and on damage control surgery.
Hans Husum has, once again, produced a book of outstanding value for those surgeons who venture “in harm’s way”. This is a book which not only describes the special requirements for war surgery in all specialties but it also describes in detail the scientific basis for this clinical practice. Future war surgeons can be grateful that this excellent work exists and the gratitude will, I am sure, be shared by their patients.
- John P Beavis, MB FRCS DMCC, Consultant Orthopedic and Trauma Surgeon, Past Hunterian Professor Royal College of England
The new additions to the second edition of “War Surgery” are truly significant and keep pace with the vast development of destructive weapons used in recent wars. The action and effects of modern weapons are explained in a clear and scientific way. I highly recommend the book not only for surgeons and care providers in war, but for all graduates in training in Third World countries.
- Naser R. Abu Shabaan, Consultant General Surgery, Director of Higher Surgical Training, Gaza, Palestine
As someone who has practiced trauma surgery in low-resource settings in the South, I greatly appreciate the approach taken by "War Surgery, Field Manual". It is scientifically rigorous, yet practical and readable. It gives advice and guidance on how to care for individual patients under difficult circumstances and with limited resources. At the same time, it gives overarching information on how to better organize, plan for, monitor, and evaluate the entire system available for providing care for the injured. If widely utilized, this book will save the lives of many victims of violence and war globally.
- Charles Mock, MD PhD FACS, Professor of Surgery, Professor of Epidemiology, Adjunct Professor of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
How to use the book
Foreword to the First Edition
Foreword to the Second Edition
Authors and contributors
Section 1: Trauma systems in war
1. The chain of survival
2. Trauma care training
3. Material input
4. Trauma severity scoring and quality control
Section 2: Trauma care in war
5. The weapon
6. The injury
7. Trauma life support in war
8. Life-saving surgery
9. Triage – sorting casualties
Section 3: Basics of war surgery
10. Surgical technique
11. Fasciotomy, debridement and drainage
12. Injuries to arteries and veins
13. Fractures and mangled limbs
14. Joint injuries
15. Tendon injuries
16. Nerve injuries
18. Wound closure
19. Injuries to children and old people
20. Emergency blood transfusion
21. Hypothermia and hyperthermia
22. Diseases interfering with surgery
Section 4: War surgery – specific injuries
23. Injury to the head and neck
24. Injury to the spine
25. Injury to the face
26. Injury to the eye
27. Injury to the chest
28. Abdominal injuries in general
29. Injury to the intestine
30. Injury to the stomach and duodenum
31. Injury to the liver and biliary tract
32. Injury to the spleen
33. Injury to the pancreas
34. Injury to the kidneys
35. Injury to the urinary bladder and urethra
36. Injury to the male organs
37. Injury to the female organs
38. Complications of abdominal surgery
39. Pelvic injury
40. Upper limb injury
41. Lower limb injury
Section 5: Treatment after surgery
43. Post-operative care and complications
44. Microbiology and infections
45. Nutrition after injury and surgery
Section 6: Anesthesia
46. Wartime anesthesia
47. Ketamine anesthesia
48. Local anesthesia
49. Spinal anesthesia
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