Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters - vol. XI - n. 3 - September 1998
TOTAL BURNS CARE
Dr Herndon has succeeded in producing the definitive text on modern burn care. The book is comprehensive, and covers all aspects of burn care from the pre-hospital phase, to management of the acute injury, to reconstruction and long-term rehabilitation. A major strength of the text is its emphasis on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the thermally injured patient. Dr Herndon has carefully pruned out extraneous information and avoided unnecessary repetition, so that the salient features come through loud and clear. His meticulous attention to detail and his liberal, but judicious, use of tables and illustrations ensure that key concepts leave an indelible mark on the reader. Dr Hemdon has taken painstaking measures to make sure that the reader develops a firm grasp on the fundamental principles of burn care, and at the same time gains ibsight into the latest scientific research on each topic. The text is subdivided into eight major sections that address immediate care, the burn wound, inhalation injury, response to injury, non-thermal injuries, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and psychosocial issues. The section on the response to injury provides up-to-date information on the metabolic and immunologic implications of burn injury. The section on non-thermal injuries includes cogent discussions of electrical, chemical, cold, and radiation injuries. In general, the text is highly readable, cohesive, and concise. Dr Herndon has artfully blended basic scientific knowledge with clinical applications and principles. In summary, this text represents the standard of modern burn care. It will serve as an indispensable reference for physicians, nurses, and anyone who takes care of these critically ill patients.
THE MANAGEMENT OF MASS
BURN CASUALTIES AND FIRE DISASTERS
The health professions are
continually developing effective techniques of burns and mass casualty management. In
parallel, fire prevention and firefighting techniques have developed considerably in most
communities. It is therefore surprising that, while aiming at the same objective, the two
sectors have seldom come together. The Mediterranean Burns Club is a professional
organization that brings together persons concerned with burns therapy and with fire
safety in all forms. Identified by the United Nations as a premier scientific body in its
field within the programme of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, it
initiated the first international gathering of specialists in burns as a surgical,
clinical problem, and of counterparts dealing with tires as a social, disaster problem.
This novel approach and symbiosis proved timely and successful. This, the resulting book,
reflects the commitment of all concerned to the reduction of fire disasters and the
improvement of burns therapy.
THE MANAGEMENT OF BURNS
AND FIRE DISASTERS: PERSPECTIVES 2000
This is an extended and
logical sequel to the previous (1992) book by the same editors, expanding and
strengthening the original interrelated concepts of specialized burn treatment,
firefighting services and disaster management. Following the unmitigated success of its
predecessor, it was with considerable intellectual curiosity that one awaited the present
volume. In number of pages and in chapters this has more than doubled, but it is
particularly in its scientific contents that the book is destined to find its niche as the
prime compilation on burns therapy, fire prevention and disaster management, in a single,
very readable volume.