Absolutely fascinating book that explains exactly what happens in the healing process of a person's body when they are burned. Author Barbara Ravage spent countless hours over a year at Massachusetts General Hospital, watching burn nurses at work healing those whose lives have been forever changed by heat, flames, or chemicals. She also takes us through the history of treating burns, showing how, mostly through trial and error, doctors and nurses have learned what works and what doesn't in the many stages that burns go through when healing.
Yes, there have been more advances since this book was published in 2004, but it is still a brilliantly written history and explanation for the average layperson interested in medicine, burn treatment, and how a burn unit works.
This was a really informative book. If you like reading about medicine and medical procedures, I highly recommend it. I learned a lot about the evolution of burn treatments and how complicated it really is. There are a couple of "oh my god" moments when the patients in the book described how they ended up in the burn unit. Makes you much more aware of the everyday risks in your home....
This book is fascinating, not for weak stomachs. Explains in detail about what happens when you are burned, how you're immune system fights to the point of death, and how you are saved by burn units.
Brand new condition, looks a little on the technical side for me!