- Series: Get It Write
- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Behler Publications; Second Edition edition (October 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933016418
- ISBN-13: 978-1933016412
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Body Trauma: A Writer's Guide to Wounds and Injuries (Get It Write) Second Edition Edition
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This reference book has much to offer many. Indispensable for the novelist, with gore-filled chapters and multiple car crashes spewing limbs and guts, Dr. David Page's opus will also be treasured by medical enthusiasts, hypochondriacs, and those who like lively bathroom reading. From trench foot to crunched legs, massive hemothorax to flail chests, Body Trauma is educational, comprehensive, and a jolly good time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A fascinating and most helpful reference for any writer of fiction or non-fiction" -- Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of Shelf Life
"A valuable resource for writers. I will certainly consult it the next time a physical mishap befalls one of my characters." -- David Anthony Durham, author of Pride of Carthage
"An authoritative guide that delivers diagnosis and plot ideas with a wry bookside manner." -- James Patrick Kelly, Hugo award-winning author of BURN.
"With this helpful guide Ahab's missing leg might have been labeled a traumatic amputation of the fibula and tibia." -- Michael White, author of The Blind Side of The Heart, A Brother's Blood, A Dream of Wolves, The Garden of Martyrs
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1. The book is very uneven. Some chapters are detailed and comprehensive, while I found others sketchy: for example, the description of types of gunshot wounds was a good general overview, but it didn't give enough specific information to answer the question I had. A chapter-by-chapter list of references, or suggestions for further reading, would have been useful too.
2. The author occasionally veers off into "Here's a nifty idea for your mystery novel." Some of them ARE indeed nifty ideas, but I'd never use them, because I'm sure the first person to read this book already has! I think the book would have been more useful to more writers if he'd just stuck to providing the facts.
If an author is looking for guidance on realistic hospital practice, dialog, medications, equipment, or lingo, the author better look elsewhere -- these items are either simplified or missing.
Equally missing is any mention of the role of non-MD caregivers in hospital care, in particular nurses. The reader of this book would come away with the impression that the only function of nurses in hospitals is to hand surgical instruments to the surgeon in the O.R. -- especially sad since this is supposed to be a guide to OTHER AUTHORS for them write realistic fiction. For example, when Doctor Page is discussing how suspected belly wounds are monitored during their hospital stay, he says, "The trauma surgeon will return to the bedside over and over to reevaluate the patient until he is certain no injury exists." Not hardly! In real life, it's the nurses who provide the hour-by-hour patient care and monitoring.
The prospective author who is interested in a realistic view of what goes on in an emergency room and other hospital settings would do well to read any book by Echo Heron, RN, including the factual Intensive Care, or Condition Critical, or Mercy (the latter is a medical novel).
For example if a person is choked, what happens first? Skin colour? Do the veins pop? How long does it take to die of asphyxiation? Skin colour at death?
If a person has frost bite what does s/he feel? What does someone else observe? How do these symptoms change?
How long can a shipwrecked person float in the sea before dying?
The Glasgow Coma Scale can be used by any writer describing levels of unconsciousness.
The feelings and reactions of the characters are the stuff of fiction. This book read like a basic text for an emergency room physician. Fine if your character is a doctor. Not so good if your story takes place elsewhere.