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The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care
Catherine Musemeche, MD

2016 • 268 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Health & Fitness / Emergency Medicine / History of Medicine

$22.95 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-796-5

$22.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-992-1

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“Musemeche’s fast-paced medical history mixes the gritty reality of treating life-threatening injuries—including her own heart-pounding experiences as surgeon—with an unfettered optimism about what trauma care can now promise: an assurance that most people will survive even a devastating injury.”—Publishers Weekly

The heroic story of the invention of trauma care, from battlefield triage to level 1 trauma centers

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.

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Reviews / Endorsements

Hurt isn’t simply another life-and-death-on-the-streets compendium; it will entice you with the macabre, then take you back to school. . . . The writing is first-rate, and the stories should engage both medical professionals and amateurs who are fascinated by the process of putting the appallingly injured back together.”—EMS World

“A fast-paced medical narrative perfect for people who like nonfiction . . . written in a way that’s as gripping as fiction.”
Austin Woman

“Hurt is filled with astonishing stories that will inspire individuals from all walks of life, especially those in the medical field. . . . Hurt succeeds in telling its stories through the experiences of doctors and health care professionals as well as through the eyes of suffering patients and civilians.”

The New Physician

Hurt is a fascinating journey through the history of trauma care in this country. Musemeche's unique ability to weave moving, personal stories with intriguing facts takes this book well beyond a great read. It is an education in the human spirit.”—Paul Ruggieri, MD, author of Confessions of a Surgeon and The Cost of Cutting

“Dr. Musemeche deserves accolades for writing Hurt. It should become a best seller, be in every doctor’s library and required reading for students and residents.”—John Raffensperger, MD, emeritus professor of surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and author of Children’s Surgery, A Worldwide History

“Like an expert translator who makes a work of literature accessible to people who don’t speak its language, Dr. Musemeche provides us all with a vivid view into the fascinating history of treating the injured.”—R. Lawrence Moss, Surgeon-in-Chief, Nationwide Children's Hospital

"This is an amazing book—absolutely spellbinding, from a powerful writer. Dr. Musemeche has done a super job."

—Sue Baker MPH, professor emeritus, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Prevention and Policy

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CATHERINE MUSEMECHE, MD, is a pediatric surgeon and former professor of surgery at the University of Texas Medical School. She is the author of Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery.

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