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Burn Unit - eBook

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<p> A compelling blend of science, history and storytelling. Barbara Ravage has fashioned an enlightening, invaluable book.” -Stewart O'Nan, author of <em>The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy</em>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, <em>Burn Unit</em> 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.</p>

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A compelling blend of science, history and storytelling. Barbara Ravage has fashioned an enlightening, invaluable book.” -Stewart O'Nan, author of The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American TragedyThough 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.

Burn Unit - eBook

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Language
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Publisher
Hachette Books
Author
Barbara Ravage
ISBN-13
9780786738915
ISBN-10
078673891X

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My first five-star book of 2015! I was a little worried about picking up a long, dense, science non-fiction book after so much young adult reading the past week or so. But this book was fantastic. I found it at Powell's in the health and medical section and I'm just so glad I did.Ms. Ravage does a really excellent job of describing what really goes on when someone is burned. I imagine that when most of us think about a burn injury, we picture a sunburn, or a blister on an arm that bumped up against the oven when pulling out a tray of cookies. Some of us might think about tragic events like the Rhode Island nightclub fire, or perhaps people who have jumped from burning buildings. But how many of us really know what goes on when someone is seriously burned? It's likely that if you or a close loved one hasn't experienced it, you don't know much about it.This book focuses on the burn unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, which is unique in some ways. For example, they don't use water tanks for debridement (the cleaning and scraping of wounds), whereas most other units across the country do. But the unit is an amazing, close-knit community of nurses, burn techs, doctors, psychiatrists and others offering support for those who are burned and their family members.I knew a little bit about burns - that they can leave scars, that large wounds need to be cleaned and that it is excruciating. But I didn't really know about the physiology of burns. Like the fact that the first week isn't actually the worst; many can survive the first days but then die from the injuries. The impact on the respiratory system is can be huge if smoke or other chemicals are inhaled; the burns themselves trigger all sorts of haywire reactions, like the rushing of fluid to the site (causing major swelling), and metabolism that can start eating through lean muscle. The book also described what shock actually is which, frankly, I didn't really understand until now.Through all of this, Ms. Ravage is telling two stories: one of Dan O'Shea (not his name) and one of Mike Parent. Dan was burned while passed out after a night of drinking and was kept sedated for a couple of months; Mike was injured when a pot caught fire, creating burns on his arms. Their stories are interesting and provide a way to apply the knowledge Ms. Ravage is imparting to real people.If you have any interest in medicine, or in quality science writing, I just cannot recommend this book enough.

My first five-star boo...

My first five-star book of 2015! I was a little worried about picking up a long, dense, science non-fiction book after so much young adult reading the past week or so. But this book was fantastic. I found it at Powell's in the health and medical section and I'm just so glad I did.Ms. Ravage does a really excellent job of describing what really goes on when someone is burned. I imagine that when most of us think about a burn injury, we picture a sunburn, or a blister on an arm that bumped up against the oven when pulling out a tray of cookies. Some of us might think about tragic events like the Rhode Island nightclub fire, or perhaps people who have jumped from burning buildings. But how many of us really know what goes on when someone is seriously burned? It's likely that if you or a close loved one hasn't experienced it, you don't know much about it.This book focuses on the burn unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, which is unique in some ways. For example, they don't use water tanks for debridement (the cleaning and scraping of wounds), whereas most other units across the country do. But the unit is an amazing, close-knit community of nurses, burn techs, doctors, psychiatrists and others offering support for those who are burned and their family members.I knew a little bit about burns - that they can leave scars, that large wounds need to be cleaned and that it is excruciating. But I didn't really know about the physiology of burns. Like the fact that the first week isn't actually the worst; many can survive the first days but then die from the injuries. The impact on the respiratory system is can be huge if smoke or other chemicals are inhaled; the burns themselves trigger all sorts of haywire reactions, like the rushing of fluid to the site (causing major swelling), and metabolism that can start eating through lean muscle. The book also described what shock actually is which, frankly, I didn't really understand until now.Through all of this, Ms. Ravage is telling two stories: one of Dan O'Shea (not his name) and one of Mike Parent. Dan was burned while passed out after a night of drinking and was kept sedated for a couple of months; Mike was injured when a pot caught fire, creating burns on his arms. Their stories are interesting and provide a way to apply the knowledge Ms. Ravage is imparting to real people.If you have any interest in medicine, or in quality science writing, I just cannot recommend this book enough.

A fascinating look at ...

A fascinating look at what happens, inside and outside, when a person is burned. Told with reference to the stories of two people who sustained burns, and the challenges they faced while healing. Not for the squeamish, perhaps, but definitely well worth reading.

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