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From The CriticsReviewer: Ira J. Blumen, MD(University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is the third edition of this emergency medicine procedures text. It contains an extensive and rational approach to the various procedures that are necessary in the practice of emergency medicine.
Purpose: It was written to satisfy the needs of physicians with varied backgrounds and training. It outlines basic knowledge of the procedural skills, indications, benefits, alternative methods where appropriate, and potential complications (and ways to avoid them) of procedures.
Audience: The primary audience is the specialist in emergency medicine. It is also intended for practicing physicians, educators, residents, and students who may be called upon to do procedures either on a regular or infrequent basis. There are nearly 100 contributors, with approximately 75 percent representing the specialty of emergency medicine. There are also contributors from pediatric emergency medicine, surgery, internal medicine, neurology, ophthalmology, and anesthesiology.
Features: The wide range of procedures are logically presented in thirteen sections. The well-referenced chapters explain the procedures in depth. Black-and-white photographs and x-ray reproductions are of varying quality, though generally very good. Throughout the text, the authors have included tricks of the trade and helpful suggestions for modification or improvement of even the most familiar techniques.
Assessment: This is clearly an authoritative source on procedures in emergency medicine. Topics are presented in a clear and straightforward manner that is appropriate for all practitioners, with or without previous experience. The vast majority of emergency medicine procedures are presented. However, ultrasonography procedures, which are becoming increasingly important for emergency physicians, are not included. There are a few references to the use of ultrasound, but the various procedures are not presented. This would be a welcome addition to the next edition. Emergency physicians will find this text an essential reference for their personal library and for the emergency department. Residents and students will find this is an excellent didactic resource for learning procedures. Other physicians (family practice, surgeons, and other specialists) who may perform procedures infrequently will also find significant benefit from this book.