The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care
Catherine Musemeche, M.D.
Genre: Medicine / Medical History
Date of Publication: September 6, 2016
# of pages: 268
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.
PRAISE FOR HURT: THE INSPIRING, UNTOLD STORY OF TRAUMA CARE
“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.”
“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
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How many of us have ever really paid attention to an ambulance ride? Or even to the trauma care personnel in an ER?
In all honesty – none of us who have had the unfortunate opportunity to be picked up by an ambulance or been in a trauma room have ever paid attention. I never would’ve given it a second thought until after reading “Hurt.” I’ve personally seen the inside of a trauma care unit and I took for granted that those trained individuals had always been trained for trauma for many decades. Wow – was I wrong.
This brilliantly written book was not what I was expecting and became a page-turner. Immediately, I was immersed into the trauma care history with personal stories interwoven throughout the book. The author, Catherine Musemeche gives enough information about the noteworthy history of trauma care and does not overwhelm a reader to where they lose interest. Sometimes the telling of history can get bogged down with to many words.
“Hurt” provides the perfect history to make you more knowledgeable about trauma care and if you want more in-depth reading then the source notes at the end of the book are an excellent place to start.
You learn that the basic emergency care of an ambulance waiting nearby has only evolved within the last few decades. Funeral homes were relied upon in those early years of taking accident victims to hospitals.
This small book packs other fantastic information of how trauma care advanced from the Civil War, to helicopters rescuing soldiers during wartime, to how trauma centers formed in the U.S., to how wilderness care evolved.
“Hurt” will forever make me appreciate the trauma and ER personnel more when I see them on the side of road or if I ever personally encounter them again (I hope I don’t). The Wilderness Chapter was my favorite because of all my recent outdoor adventures. Now duct tape will always be in my backpack.
This is a book that will pique your interest from its first chapter to its last. It’s an enlightening book everyone should read to understand how these valuable life-saving techniques evolved, because none of us know when or if we’ll ever be in need of trauma care personnel to save our lives or the lives of loved ones.
Dr. Catherine Musemeche is a pediatric surgeon, attorney and author who lives in Austin, Texas. She was born and raised in Orange, Texas and attended Lutcher Stark High School. She is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, The University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston, The Anderson School of Management in Albuquerque, New Mexico and The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. Dr. Musemeche is a former surgery professor at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute and the University of New Mexico where she was the Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Trauma. She currently works in the field of regulatory medicine.
In addition to publishing extensively in the medical literature, Dr. Musemeche has been a guest contributor to the New York Times. Her writing has also been published on NPR.org, KevinMD.com, in the anthology At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die and in the Journal of Creative Nonfiction. Her first book, Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery was nominated for the Pen American/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Award and was awarded the Writer’s League of Texas Discovery Prize for nonfiction. Her second book, Hurt: The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care will be published in September of this year.
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