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Posted January 1, 2002
The fifth edition of Rosen's Emergency Medicine has been substantially reorganized from the previous 4th edition. An attempt is made on presenting the subject matter in a more clinically relevant format with a focus on Evidence Based Medicine. The 3 volume set begins with Critical Management and Principles - subjects that are essential core material particular to emergency medicine. Next is a section on Cardinal Presentations, e.g. chest pain, fever, syncope and back pain. This section is extremely valuable; though Tintinnalli had a similar section in her 4th edition, it was omitted in her latest 5th edition and is not present in Rosen's previous edition. Contrary to what one would expect, the 5th edition is about the same overall size as the last. It accommodates 27 new chapters without adding additional pages. Hence the material has been significantly pared down. In many ways this is good. Subjects are covered more concisely than the verbose style of the past. However some things I had found helpful in the previous edition, (diagrams of neuroanatomy in the chapter on stroke) is now gone. The brevity of the subjects treated almost require a prior working knowledge of the material. There is much less reference made to the literature. For these reasons, I give the 5th edition 4 stars instead of 5. I plan on keeping my 4th edition as a back-up. Though very useful and more easily readable, I look forward to a future edition that can combine conciseness and an efficiency of words with more complete explanations.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.