© 2007

Acute Care Surgery

Principles and Practice

  • L. D. Britt
  • Donald D. Trunkey
  • David V. Feliciano


  • Provides the busy surgeon, whether an acute care specialist or not, with the full range of solutions to emergency medical situations.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. General Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Louis H. Alarcon, Andrew B. Peitzman
      Pages 3-23
    3. Kenneth L. Mattox
      Pages 24-29
    4. Omid Moayed, Richard P. Dutton
      Pages 30-42
    5. David J. Ciesla, Ernest E. Moore
      Pages 43-66
    6. Craig M. Coopersmith, Timothy G. Buchman
      Pages 67-83
    7. Edward E. Cornwell III, Preeti R. John
      Pages 84-90
    8. Maheswari Senthil, Bobby Rupani, Jondavid H. Jabush, Edwin A. Deitch
      Pages 91-105
    9. Philip S. Barie, Soumitra R. Eachempati, Jian Shou
      Pages 106-124
    10. Basil A. Pruitt Jr., Richard L. Gamelli
      Pages 125-160
    11. Raphael C. Lee
      Pages 161-165
    12. Anthony A. Meyer, Jeffrey E. Abrams, Thomas L. Bosshardt, Claude H. Organ Jr.
      Pages 166-175
    13. Fred A. Luchette, Stathis J. Poulakidas, Thomas J. Esposito
      Pages 176-186
    14. Patrick K. Kim, Donald R. Kauder, C. William Schwab
      Pages 187-193
    15. Dana Christian Lynge, Nicholas W. Morris, John G. Hunter
      Pages 194-201
    16. Norman E. McSwain Jr.
      Pages 202-228
    17. Eric R. Frykberg
      Pages 229-248
    18. M. Margaret Knudson, Larisa S. Speetzen
      Pages 249-262
    19. Lenworth M. Jacobs, Karyl J. Burns
      Pages 263-274

About this book


The genesis of this project is a direct result of the fact that there is no substantive textbook that addresses the full-spectrum of surgical emergencies. Even in a ?eld in which there is a plethora of excellent textbooks on a variety of surgical topics (including trauma), there is no one reference book with a dedicated emphasis on both traumatic and nontraumatic conditions potentially necessitating surgical int- vention in the acute setting.This project became even more unique when its st- wise development paralleled the evolution of a new specialty–acute care surgery. This was far from a serendipitous link.On the contrary,my editorial colleagues and I, along with many of the contributors, have recently been part of a major effort to build the foundation for this new specialty.As with any proposed new specialty, there have been a few rough interfaces with some of the other surgical specialties regarding the scope of practice of the acute care surgeon. Fortunately, the key to this con?ict resolution will revolve around what is best for the patient. However, irrespective of these dynamics,there is a worsening crisis in acute care in this nation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • L. D. Britt
    • 1
  • Donald D. Trunkey
    • 2
  • David V. Feliciano
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryOregon Health Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA
  3. 3.Emory University School of MedicineGrady Memorial HospitalAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Surgery & Anesthesiology


"... Acute Care Surgery is aligned with the recent series of reports by the Institute of Medicine on the crisis in emergency care. The field of acute care surgery is in its infancy, and this is reflected in some of my criticisms of the book. But these shortcomings are offset by a number of outstanding contributions as well as by the overall value of this book for those who are interested in the emerging field of acute care surgery." (M.A. Malangoni, The New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 357/14, October 2007)

"...This is an important contribution that helps to define an emerging specialist in surgery, the manager of acute surgical problems. The perspective of multiple disciplines is included with commentaries written and organized by experts. ...This book is timely, as a curriculum for acute care surgery has recently been published." (D.J.Dries, University of Minnesota Medical School, Doody's)