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Body Trauma: A Writer’s Guide to Wounds and Injuries (Howdunit Series)

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Body Trauma explains what happens to body organs and bones maimed by accident or intent and the small window of opportunity for emergency treatment. Research what happens in a hospital operating room and the personnel who initiate treatment. Use these facts to bring added realism to your stories and novels.
Paperback, 254 pages
Published October 15th 2006 by Behler Publications (first published September 1996)
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This is a fabulous resource for all sorts of different injuries, presented in a frank, concise manner. It's organised depending on what kind of trauma you want to bestow upon your poor character(s) and gives an overview of each non-lethal injury. Not for the squeamish or faint of heart as it does have descriptions of, well, bodily harm. There are even helpful diagrams to further illustrate different injuries and concepts.
Useful and interesting, both for writers of action, war, and crime fiction and for anyone interested in how the body works (or doesn't work when the machinery gets broken). A lot of books and movies are diminished by incompetence in this area, like that shown when a character gets knocked unconscious, and then wakes up alert and ready to spring back into action - he or she would actually have a concussion and would probably be dizzy, throwing up, and suffering from a migraine-like headache.
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Body Trauma is a good reference tool when quickly looking up possible injuries to make characters suffer. It is clearly written from the medical perspective, which if you aren't familiar with can be a little daunting. I wish the author had included responses from patients who have suffered particular injuries to let prospective writers into the injured head-space a bit more, but can see how that would be difficult. Still, first hand accounts are always helpful when trying to explain how a partic ...more
T.M. Carper
A good reference for anyone dealing with the medical aspect of fiction. At times it gets too wordy and techincal for the casual observer. It would've been more helpful for me if it had been more related to this action causes this reaction instead of this (insert medical condition here) is shown by this, treated by this, etc. It also lacks some sections -- there is nothing about comas, which I'd hoped would be touched on.
Alex Norcross
You're probably better off just consulting the first aid section of the Boy Scout Handbook. If you need specifics researching a book, consult an actual physician or a medical textbook. This book seemed far too general and theoretical to be of much use.
Hunter Johnson
Body Trauma by DavidW. Page. A writer's guidebook dealing with non-fatal (or potentially non-fatal) injuries. Writer's guides like these are also often good reader's guides -- textbooks for laymen, as it were. ...more
Great reference book overall, but definitely geared toward modern trauma response. I'd have liked to see more info about how these types of injuries were handled through the ages. Still, quite useful as a writing tool.
Didn't read cover to cover because it isn't really relevant to the type of writing I do, but seems to detail accurately wounds and injuries in such a way that an author can then write about them descriptively.
An invaluable reference book for writers, who has any type of wounds or injuries in their stories. It certainly helped me when I wrote my first book.
A must-have for writers who plan to deal with injuries in their works. Great for role-playing game advocates as well!
Rebecca Wright
This is a wonderful guide for figuring out just how to kill a character:) Highly recommended.
I use this book more than is probably healthy.
Patricia Kurz
Writing reference... not technical, it's "okay."
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