The practice of general and trauma surgery frequently involves a broad range of emergency situations. Surgeons must be familiar with diagnosis and operative management principles in the fast-paced environment of the emergency setting. Acute Care Surgery: Principles and Practice comprehensively presents the full spectrum of surgical emergencies, including trauma and non-traumatic acute surgical diseases of the abdominal, pelvic, and cardiothoracic organs as well as the extremities, skin and soft tissue, and head and neck. Management of surgical infections is also discussed. Edited by an internationally renowned trio of experts, Acute Care Surgery is the ideal reference text for surgical trainees as well as practicing surgeons. Authoritative, comprehensive, and user- friendly, the text features over 40 chapters complete with case studies as well as question and answer commentaries. Every chapter begins with a box highlighting the key points and current areas of controversy. In addition to clinically focused discussions on surgical emergencies in all the major organ systems, the editors include chapters on basic principles of initial assessment and early resuscitation, anesthesia and emergency surgery, the intensive care unit, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics in the emergency setting, and management of the hemodynamically labile patient. In addition, a timely section on ethics and legal issues discusses the challenges of providing care in the emergency setting with chapters on advanced directives, informed consents, and organ procurement. The text is augmented by more than 500 tables and illustrations. emergency surgery is destined to be the gold-standard reference for surgeons faced with split-second decision making in the acute setting.