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March 1964

Compendium of Emergencies.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(3):486-487. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280090172054

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The purpose of the book, as listed in the typically restrained British introduction, is to present the physician with the proper method to be followed in an emergency in every field of medicine and surgery. Each section is written by a renowned specialist in that field, but it is not written primarily for specialists in that field but for general practitioners and for specialists who are confronted with an emergency which is outside their province.

A sampling of chapters reveals that much of the material is immediately usable anywhere and under circumstances in which the physician finds himself with little or no equipment, no hospital, and no consultants available, for instance, white asphyxia in the newborn, the locked knee, and the stiff neck. The section on pulmonary emboli does not emphasize the fact that this is a frequent cause of sudden illness and death, often unrecognized even in the best

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