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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cai Glushak, MD, FACEP (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is the fourth edition of this study guide, last published in 1992 and retaining essentially the same format. This book updates a primer that is widely used to prepare for emergency medicine boards and to supplement emergency medicine residency curriculum.
Purpose: It is organized into easily digestible 4 to 6 page summaries of clinical emergency problems. Whereas the authors previously offered the book as a board preparation tool, the new preface states that the book is to assist all students, house officers, and physicians practicing emergency medicine to provide the best patient care possible.
Audience: The book is useful as a study guide or may serve as a practice adjunct for clinicians with substantial emergency medicine experience. The principal authors are highly respected authorities in academic emergency medicine. The contributors represent an extensive array of experts from emergency medicine and specialties.
Features: Chapters have generally been updated to reflect current practice in the continuously evolving specialty of emergency medicine. Reference lists are short, although up-to-date and pertinent. Unfortunately, they are not keyed to the text. Recommendations, although practical, often reflect the personal experience of the authors. The practical illustrations and charts are limited to pertinent, quick-reference black-and-white pictures and charts. They are handy for clinical use. The book is most notable for the succinctness of the material for quick reference, always an appealing feature for emergency practitioners. There are significant new sections on transplantation, implantable devices, injury prevention, abuse and assault, and an expanded treatment of EMS.
Assessment: The authors have done a remarkable job of offering a readable emergency medicine review book covering a huge array of topics. The book will undoubtedly remain in high demand by the emergency medicine community who will rely on it as one of their primary references.