Burn Unit Saving Lives after the Flames

ISBN-10: 0306814196
ISBN-13: 9780306814198
Edition: 2005
Authors: Barbara Ravage
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Description: Though each of us is just a spark away from being a burn victim, the public knows little and understands less about the world that patients inhabit. Pulling the curtains back on this private and sterile environment, Burn Unit is a riveting account  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/4/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Though each of us is just a spark away from being a burn victim, the public knows little and understands less about the world that patients inhabit. Pulling the curtains back on this private and sterile environment, Burn Unit is a riveting account of the frontline efforts--both modern-day and historical--to save lives devastated by fire. With unflinching urgency, Barbara Ravage follows an extraordinary team of healers at Massachusetts General Hospital, the cradle of modern burn treatment and the site of one of the best burn units in the world. From Boston's Cocoanut Grove fire of 1942 to the treatment of the victims of the Rhode Island nightclub fire in early 2003, we watch everyday heroes do their incredible but punishing work against the backdrop of history. Both a moving human drama and an engrossing scientific exploration of this little-known field of medicine, Burn Unit is an unforgettably powerful read.

Author's Note
Introduction
Prologue: A Life on Fire
Saturday Night at the Cocoanut Grove
A Riot in the Body
The General
The Very Young, the Very Old, the Drunk, and the Stupid
Bigelow 13
In the Hyperbaric Chamber
At the Bedside
Gasping for Breath
The Scourge and the Silver Standard
Cutting Off the Dead
Healing
New Skin
Burned to Death
A New Life
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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