Reviewer: Michael G. Meyer, PA-C(Regions Hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center)
Description: This is the second edition of an acute care manual with basic information on a variety of ailments that present in the emergency department. It is meant for bedside care and provides information on diagnosis and treatment in a concise format. The previous edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an abbreviated presentation of acute care medical emergencies in a format appropriate for the bedside and not the shelf.
Audience: Junior physicians and students would benefit the most from this book, although more senior physicians could use it as a quick reference. This would mainly be helpful in the emergency room, but the book also covers subacute and chronic topics. The authors seem knowledgeable, but they both practice in the U.K. and their level of expertise is not apparent.
Features: This small book contains a great deal of information on a wide range conditions seen in the emergency department. However, it lacks any pictures, even in the dermatology section. Additionally, much of the book does not focus on acute care despite its title. There is a lot of discussion of chronic ailments.
Assessment: This book has its place in medicine, but it is not a great manual for the emergency department. There are other concise manuals of emergency medicine that are much more informative and organized.