The Royal College of Surgeons' of England two-day "definitive surgical trauma skills course" is run by the authors. The course
began in 1997 but a new syllabus has recently been put in place.The focus is on thoracic ,abdominal and vascular injuries,
caused by both penetrating trauma, such as a knife, and ballistic trauma caused by guns.This Manual accompanies the course
and it's aim is to "demystify the body" and show how to control massive blood loss. Interventions, whether they be military
or civilian, are descrbed in full, and techniques derived from the battlefield and world-wide hotspots in trauma -are exemplified
within this book.