Dr. John G. West, founder of the Orange County Trauma Society, will be the featured speaker April 9 as the Santa Ana Public Library celebrates National Library Week.
West, a trauma surgeon, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on "Trauma: The Neglected Epidemic." The talk, scheduled for the Spurgeon Room of the library at 26 Civic Center Plaza, is open to the public at no charge.
Orange County's trauma centers are cited nationwide as an example of how trauma centers can save lives. Paramedics in Orange County transport patients with life-threatening injuries to the nearest center, where a specially equipped and trained staff steps in.
In addition to his medical background, West has been technical adviser to the television programs "Quincy" and "Trauma Center." He recently wrote a novel, "Trauma," described as a fictional story of "medicine, power, love and desire."