Introduction to Emergency Medicine / Edition 1

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This new text covers basic principles commonly found in the introduction to emergency medicine course. Comprised of five sections, diagnosis and management is presented from an emergency medicine perspective. Includes 75 case-based clinical vignettes to help students prepare for the course and clerkship as well as the USMLE. The common complaint section features a template covering differential history and physical, pathophysiology, and treatment of the given topics. Illustrations and line drawings supplement the text. Curricula objectives from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) are addressed.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Laura Joy Hurst, MD (University of Chicago)
Description: As an introduction to the specialty of emergency medicine, this book includes a brief history of the specialty and then provides cases that highlight the common topics covered and illnesses seen in emergency medicine.
Purpose: The author's objectives are to "introduce the discipline of emergency medicine in a meaningful and substantial way." It uses case studies to introduce a topic and then covers the basic knowledge that a caregiver should have in approaching that topic. The book certainly does give an overview of many of the commonly encountered complaints along with the basic differential and approach to those complaints.
Audience: It is primarily geared toward students and it would be good for those doing an emergency medicine rotation. The author also states that this book is geared toward physician assistants and nurse practitioners. It would be a good introduction to the specialty, but it is extremely limited in the information it provides. Anyone actually practicing emergency medicine would have to seek out additional resources.
Features: The book has a brief introduction to the specialty of emergency medicine and then broadly covers topics that are commonly encountered in the field. Each chapter starts with a case of a "classic presentation" of an illness such as chest pain, back pain, abdominal pain. The chapter is further broken down into topics covering the main differentials within that chief complaint (for example, under chest pain the topics are MI, PE, pneumothorax, and atypical chest pain). Each chapter concludes with questions to further emphasize the teaching points.
Assessment: This is a decent overview of the main topics in emergency medicine. I'm not convinced that it is unique or offers anything different than other such introductory books. There aren't a lot of charts, graphs or distracting pictures and I thought each topic was covered in a brief and to-the-point manner. The splinting and procedure overview would be extremely helpful to a student who may be asked to perform such tasks with minimal supervision.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781732000
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/25/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents


    Section 1: Introduction

  2. History of Emergency Medicine
  3. Principles of Resuscitation
  4. Shock (Robert S. Chang)


    Section 2: Chest Pain

  5. Myocardial Infarction
  6. Pulmonary Embolus
  7. Pneumothorax
  8. Atypical Chest Pain
    Questions and Answers

    Section 3: Shortness of Breath

  9. Congestive Heart Failure
  10. Asthma
  11. COPD
  12. Pneumonia
    Questions and Answers

    Section 4: Back Pain

  13. Aortic Dissection
  14. Nephrolithiasis
  15. Pyelonephritis
  16. Musculoskeletal disorder Questions and Answers

    Section 5: Abdominal Pain

  17. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  18. Cholecystitis
  19. Appendicitis
  20. Diverticulitis Questions and Answers

    Section 6: Vomiting

  21. GI Bleed
  22. Bowel Obstructions
  23. Hyperemesis
  24. Gastroenteritis Questions and Answers

    Section 7: Pelvic Complaints

  25. Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding in the Nonpregnant Patient
  26. Complications of the First Trimester Pregnancy
  27. Pelvic Infections
  28. Pelvic Pain Questions and Answers

    Section 8: Headache

  29. Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  30. Migraine
  31. CNS Infections
  32. CNS Neoplasms Questions and Answers

    Section 9: Change in Mental Status

  33. Alcohol Intoxication
  34. Metabolic Disorders
  35. Seizure Disorder
  36. Psychiatric Emergencies Questions and Answers

    Section 10: Weak and Dizzy

  37. Cerebrovascular Accident
  38. Vertigo
  39. Syncope
  40. Neuromuscular Weakness Questions and Answers

    Section 11: Fever

  41. Traveler's Fever
  42. HIV and Fever
  43. Bacterial Source of Fever
  44. Fever of Uncertain Etiology Questions and Answers


    Section 12: Prehospital

  45. Prehospital EMS Systems
  46. Disaster Management
  47. Hazardous Material

    Section 13: Trauma

  48. General Approach to Trauma
  49. Musculoskeletal Trauma
  50. Trauma During Pregnancy
  51. Burns

    Section 14: Toxicology

  52. Introduction to the Poisoned Patient
  53. Toxidromes
  54. Drugs of Abuse
  55. Cardiovascular Medications Overdose
  56. Acetaminophen
  57. Salicylate Overdose

    Section 15: Environmental

  58. Hypothermia
  59. Hyperthermia
  60. Submersion Injuries
  61. Electrical and Lightning Injuries
  62. Bites and Stings

    Section 16: The Laboratory in Emergency Medicine

  63. Laboratory Medicine
  64. Arterial Blood Gases
  65. Culturing Fluids


  66. Pain Management/Analgesic and Sedation

    Section 17: ABCs

  67. Airway Management
  68. Peripheral Intravenous Access
  69. Central Catheter Insertion

    Section 18: Wound Care

  70. Anesthesia: Local Anesthetic Agents and Regional Blocks
  71. Wound Care
  72. Soft Tissue Infections

    Section 19: Musculoskeletal

  73. Lumbar Puncture
  74. Arthrocentesis
  75. Dislocations
  76. Extremity Splinting
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