Pocket Emergency Medicine Third edition
Sir William Osler wrote, “He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.”
Emergency medicine is a thrilling specialty, demanding exceptional abilities and an increasingly expansive fund of
knowledge—patterns of illness and injury, a whole range of diagnostics and therapeutics, all at one’s fingertips in real time at the bedside with lives on the line. In this context, the author has designed Pocket Emergency Medicine Third edition as a life raft for the busy physician, resident, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or student.
Unlike many traditional textbooks, the author has chosen to organize chapters around presenting conditions rather than diagnoses. In this way, the Pocket Emergency Medicine Third edition book mirrors the way patients present to the emergency department and allows the reader to develop the thought processes that guide appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.
Each chapter begins with a general approach to a particular condition, followed by a brief discussion of critical diagnostic categories, highlighting essential elements of the history, physical examination, testing, and treatment specific to these diagnoses. Sprinkled throughout the text are “clinical pearls”—focused bullet points, emphasizing critical clinical findings or warning about common clinical errors.
This Pocket Emergency Medicine Third edition book was written by a group of talented emergency medicine residents from the Denver Health and Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency programs. The residents undertook academic research on their topics, guided by an acute awareness of the needs of busy emergency department providers. Chapters were edited by an experienced team of senior emergency medicine faculty from the Departments of Emergency Medicine at The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
The editors bring over 25 years of experience in clinical and academic emergency medicine, ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the text. The result, author think students will agree, is a supremely useful immediate reference for the emergency medicine practitioner.