Burn Unit by Barbara Ravage
Saving Lives After The Flames

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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.
 

About Barbara Ravage

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Barbara Ravage has been writing and editing books about heath, medicine, and science for adults and schoolchildren for many years. A graduate of Barnard College, New York City, she is also the author of George Westinghouse: A Genius for Invention, Rachel Carson: Protecting Our Environment, and Keeping Warn: A Guide to Wintertime. She currently lives on Cape Cod. Kathy Smith is among America's top fitness experts. A leading producer in the fitness business, her exercise videos have sold 11 million copies in 16 countries, and she has an extensive line of health-related equipment. A proprietor of a profitable franchise, author, syndicated newspaper columnist, wife, and mother, Kathy Smith also is a member of the Board of Stewards for the Women's Sports Foundation. She has been named spokesperson for the National Recreation and Parks Association and "Healthy American Fitness Leader" by the National Fitness Leaders Association, in conjunction with the President's Council on Physical Fitness.
 
Published April 27, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 321 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Science writer Ravage delivers a fascinating and unflinching look behind the scenes at the nationally acclaimed burn unit of Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital.

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