Since the American Board of Medical Specialties first granted emergency medicine specialty status in 1979, there have been numerous textbooks written and published to assist the resident and practitioner in the care of emergency patients. I have long felt, because of its overall excellence, depth, and thoroughness, that the finest of these texts is Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice (senior editor, Dr Peter Rosen). This new text, The Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, is also clearly deserving of its own place of easy access in the busy emergency department.
The text has seven sections, which thoroughly cover the depth and breadth of emergency medicine: "Common Chief Complaints" (an adult patient's presenting signs and symptoms), "Surgical Emergencies" (with subsections devoted to each of the major surgical subspecialties from oral surgery to gynecology), "Trauma," "Toxicologic Emergencies" (very thorough, with 170 pages of text devoted to this area as compared with 116
Mengert TJ. The Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine. JAMA. 1991;266(24):3485. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470240107043