The essential emergency medicine reference! Covers the gamut of emergency medicine practice in brief, clinically focused chapters. New to this edition are chapters on bioterroism and weapons of mass destruction, pharmacology of antimicrobials, antifungals, and antivirals, principles of drug interactions, endocarditis, and abdominal and pelvic pain in the non-pregnant patient. Pharmacologic considerations, tables of vital differential diagnoses, and observation criteria throughout are new features reflecting developments in this dynamic specialty.
"considered by most in the discipline to be a bible of emergency medicine"
–Journal of Family Medicine, review of fourth edition.
ENDORSED BY THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS
(American College of Emergency Physicians) Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Comprehensive reference covers the gamut of emergency practice. New to this edition are chapters on bioterrorism and weapons of mass destruction, pharmacology of antimicrobials, drug interactions, antifungals, and more. For physicians and residents. DNLM: Emergency Medicine.
From the Back Cover
Packing a remarkable amount of information in a compact format, this Handbook gives you an effective condensation of the clinical content of Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine, the premier text in the field. In these pages, you’ll find well-organized: charts, tables, and outlines summarizing key points; pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of all conditions encountered in the emergency room; new coverage of clinical protocols, fluid resuscitation, respiratory distress in children, and pelvic pain; chapter references to Emergency Medicine, 5th Edition for expanded review. One of the most popular sources in emergency medicine, this Companion Handbook helps you prepare efficiently for exams and serves as a convenient, comprehensive on-the-job reference. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Downward Spiral on Autopilot, November 16, 2001
*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. Though descriptions of EKG abnormalities in advanced electrolyte disturbance are adequately described, it certainly would have been an informational asset to actually include a picture of such characteristic tracings. Dermatology is similarly poorly pictured — there are only 8 pages of color illustrations in the text, with nearly 2 pages wasted on 1)technique of foreign body removal (not needed in color) 2)a color demonstration of SPECT data — well outside the range of information needed for the E.M. specialist, and not definitive, besides. Even worse, the illustrations interspersed in the dermatology section are simply black and white copies of the color text — providing only suboptimal repetition.
Bottom line: the *Comprehensive Study Guide* has been, and remains, a valuable text for an overview of the practice of emergency medicine; but either keep your 4th edition, or wait for the 6th.