In the preface to the first edition of Rosen and Barkin's 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult, the editors discuss the organizing principle of the book. Aiming to provide a “terse, focused and useful summary of the (entire) topic of emergency medicine,” contributors were asked to present each subject as if they were in the middle of a busy emergency department, trying to deliver a precise summary to a resident who had queried them. This third iteration of a very formidable task has been updated and enlarged, with largely successful results.
Goldberg R. Rosen and Barkin’s 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult. JAMA. 2007;298(4):462-466. doi:10.1001/jama.298.4.465