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Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide Hardcover – Sep 30 1999


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  • Hardcover: 2127 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill; 5th edition (Sept. 30 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070653518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070653511
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 22.4 x 8.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,281,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Nov. 16 2001
Format: Hardcover
*Emergency Medicine, A Comprehensive Study Guide* has long been a well-regarded standard emergency text, useful in day-to-day practice as well as for board preparation. This new edition has advanced the enlightened 'evidence-based recommendations' for changes in practice patterns, however, the lack of editorial control has resulted in a book packed with conflicting information. Each chapter is written by a different consultant, and unfortunately not all of them are up on this concept... we therefore get a series of conflicting statements when there is overlap in topics, and there is no attempt to reconcile this variability. Admittedly, opinions in much of medicine do vary; but outright conflict within a few pages in a standard text without discussion does harm to credibility.
Further loss of editorial control is also evident on a close read. It is apparent that a spell-checker was used for proof-reading (substitutions of the nature of "week" for "weak" abound) and in some areas clinical formulae have been mis-stated -- example: calculation of effective osmolarity, pg. 1341 (though correct elsewhere in the book). The index seems somewhat disorganized, with references to isolated appearance of a word (example: see *first* reference listing to "hyperglycemia"... certainly not the definitive source in the text). This problem is not isolated.
The book has expanded by approximately 500 pages over the 4th edition, totalling more than 2000 pages. Its size makes it unwieldly to read or carry; it should have been separated into 2 volumes. Even with that expansion, much useful information is missing.
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This book is a great textbook of emergency medicine, and I've chosen it over others simply because it's comprehensive without the useless drivel. Each section includes the necessary anatomy and pathophysiological considerations for the respective disoders. The subset of conditions are mentioned with just enough facts to understand the morbidity to treat it. The pictures, diagrams, algorithmic flow-charts, and drug regimens are a nice compliment, however, most of your clinical experience is going to come from interships and residency, so to assume this book is all you'll need to get by in EM is crazy. I still think it's the best out there to read before putting your mind to work.
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If you have the 4th edition, you must upgrade to this new edition. Gone are the poorly reproduced photographs in the last edition. Instead, there are many new tables, colour photos, and MANY new flowcharts. Every chapter is packed with new practical insights. For example, the asthma chapter has the actual American Thoracic Society guideline (not found in Harrison's). The abdominal pain chapter provides a new evidence-based approach to this difficult problem: it contains tables listing the likelihood ratio of each investigations for each diagnosis; and it questioned the importance WBC, bowel sound, abodminal X-ray, and (gasp!) rectal exam. The chapter on diarrhea discusses the origin of the myth that anti-motility agent and antibiotics are detrimental, but also provides new evidence for their safety in infectious diarrhea. The pneumonia chapter discusses the Fine's mortality risk scores for the decision of hospitilization (not seen in Harrison's either). The chapter in advanced resucitation includes a discussion of amiodarone and vasopressin in cardiac arrest. The unstable angina chapter contains the NHLBI risk classification. TIMI 14 and SPEED are discussed in the MI chapter. The list goes on and on.
In short, this book is a truly comprehensive review AND update of this exciting specialty. Even the seasoned ER physician will learn something new in this book.
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This is a MUST buy for any person interested in EM. It IS an advanced text and probably used in most medical schools as reference. However, persons with the basic scientific or medical backgrounds should have no problem. I wouldn't recommend this to someone in high school looking for EM background.
The book is split into several chapters which makes finding a particular subject easy.
WARNING: This book is HUGE and VERY HEAVY. Definitely not for the squeamish!
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As an Emergency medicine resident, the book is the centerpiece of my library. The new edition differs from the previous in the addition of two color text. Using two colors enables them to make the tables more readable. The text is longer than the previous edition. Each chapter is divided up into a short intro/description of normal, followed by etiology, pathophysiology, clinical features, treatment, then special considerations. The writing, as in the previous editions is concise and to the point. This text is priceless because it takes all the concepts and presents them in a clinically relevant way. This is very useful as a general review text, as well as a hands on while working text. Should be in all ED's as well as in all personal libraries of physicians who see patients in the emergency setting.
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