Trauma is a disease of epidemic proportions that preys on the young, killing more Americans up to age thirty-seven than all other afflictions combined. Every year an estimated 2.8 million people are hospitalized for injuries and more than 180,000 people die. We take for granted that no matter how or where we are injured, someone will call 911 and trained first responders will show up to insert IVs, stop the bleeding, and swiftly deliver us to a hospital staffed by doctors and nurses with the expertise necessary to save our lives. None of this happened on its own. Told through the eyes of a surgeon who has flown on rescue helicopters, resuscitated patients in trauma centers in Houston and Chicago, and operated on hundreds of trauma victims of all ages, Hurt takes us on a tour of the advancements in injury treatment from the battlefields of the Civil War to the state-of-the-art trauma centers of today.
Introduction • PART I: TRANSPORT • Along for the Ride • The Lessons of War • The Weakest Link • Learning to Fly • Rescue Warriors • PART II: TREATMENT • Hurt • The Color of Blood • A Tower of Terror • Off-Road MD • PART III: POST-TRAUMA • The Save • Our Plastic Brains • The Trauma Within • The Road Back • Losing a Limb, Finding a Cause • Acknowledgments • Notes • Index