Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library,
Journal Review Editor.
Most patients with asthma, especially otherwise healthy teenagers, don’t
arrive in the emergency department looking fairly good and then proceed to
have a cardiac arrest—thus the surprise (and skepticism) of Dr Malcolm
Ishmail, the protagonist of this mystery, whose already troubled life has
just taken another turn for the worse as this book begins.
Dr Ishmail is a former general surgery resident who was dismissed from
his training program for, among other things, questioning the competency of
an attending neurosurgeon. He currently moonlights in a variety of small town
emergency departments where “nothing ever happens”—except,
it seems, when he is on call.
Nelson MS. Emergency Fiction. JAMA. 2004;292(22):2781-2786. doi:10.1001/jama.292.22.2784-b