Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
As a resident in emergency medicine, I couldn't find a textbook in my specialty and had to rely on the standard medical, surgical, and pediatric texts to supplement my journal reading. In the 20 years since, there has been a plethora of both multivolume, multiauthored emergency medicine texts and a number of subspecialty works, eg, on gastrointestinal emergencies, endocrine emergencies, traumatic emergencies, pediatric emergencies, and obstetric emergencies. The problem with available emergency medicine texts is that they contain either too much material—cumbersome for finding timely clinical information—or too little or too circumscribed material—difficult for reviewing a topic for a presentation or discussion. The editors of Emergency Medicine state in the preface that they have attempted to remedy this problem by creating a text that can be both clinically useful and broad in scope.
Emergency MedicineEmergency Medicine, vols 1 & 2. JAMA. 1998;279(10):801-802. doi:10.1001/jama.279.10.801-JBK0311-2-1