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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Leslie Zun, MD (Mt. Sinai Hospital Medical Center)
Description: The book strives to be a definitive textbook on observation medicine. One author with 30 contributors covers the clinical and operational basis of observation medicine.
Purpose: The book is aimed at emergency medicine physicians, but it also is applicable to emergency department managers and other clinicians. There are no other books that discuss observation medicine in the same manner. The book does an excellent job of meeting the author's objectives.
Audience: The book is written for clinicians in emergency medicine. The book could also be of value to emergency department managers. The author is the authority on the subject.
Features: The illustrations are adequate in number but of mediocre quality. The references are current and pertinent. The table of contents is excellent. Overall appearance is good. The other features of the text are fair, with limited value to the reader.
Assessment: The book is an excellent presentation of the operational and clinical issues surrounding observation medicine. It is useful for both individuals and departments that use observation areas. It succeeds in providing an information base for both management of an observation area as well as clinical management of common problems.