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June 11, 1960

Emergencies in Medical Practice

JAMA. 1960;173(6):738. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020240126039

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The scope of this text goes somewhat beyond that of the usual handbook for quick review or reference on medical emergencies. The author includes a good deal of information more often read in the standard textbooks of medicine and surgery. This book, that should be readily available to the practitioner, has the advantage of covering its subject completely.

One feature that is not often found in books on emergency care is advice pertaining to items which concern the patient. For example, under the section on venopuncture the author says, "Don't pinch the skin with the tourniquet. Don't let the antiseptic trickle on the arm—He ( the patient) will think that it is blood. Use a sharp needle but don't probe for the vein." These bits of advice make the book a good one for doctors just starting their practice.

Two chapters, Medical Emergencies at Sea and Medical Emergencies in the Air,

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