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February 27, 1987

The Whole Emergency Medicine Catalog

Author Affiliations

Methodist Hospital of Indiana Indianapolis

Methodist Hospital of Indiana Indianapolis


by Michael S. Jastremski et al, 416 pp, with illus, paper, $29.95, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1985.

JAMA. 1987;257(8):1112. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390080102047

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The Whole Emergency Medicine Catalog is an interesting book. It contains bits of information that are considered of value to the practicing emergency staff, but it is not intended as a clinical text. Much of the information is displayed in tables, graphs, algorithms, and short sections. Some sections offer essential advice in the practice of emergency medicine; others are useless.

The authors admit that the model for this book was the success of previously published departmental catalogs in internal medicine and pediatrics. It is also stated in the preface that the book is not intended to be an all-inclusive textbook. That is indeed the case.

The Whole Emergency Medicine Catalog contains some useful information. Unfortunately, it is interspersed with bits of useless data. It takes time to get used to the book before it can be useful as a quick reference.

The section on the "barefoot doctor's" remedies includes treatments