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War Surgery
Field Manual
Second Revised edition

Hans Husum with Swee Chai Ang and Erik Fosse

Publisher: TWN

ISBN: 978-983-2729-21-1

Year: 2011   No. of pages: 880

21 cm x 27 cm

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

Contents

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

17.  Amputations

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

42.  Burns

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

Appendices

Acknowledgements

Glossary

Index

Pocket folder

                                                                                                                                                   

                                             PRICE           POSTAGE

Malaysia                               RM120.00       RM10.00

Third World countries          US$40.00        (Variable, depending on destination.

Other foreign countries        US$140.00      Please write in for details).

(For orders of more than 3 copies, please write in for reduced postal rate)

How to Order the Book

Visit our TWN Online Bookshop or contact Third World Network at 131 Jalan Macalister, 10400 Penang, Malaysia.

Tel: 604-2266159

Fax: 604-2264505

Email for further information.


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