January 1970

Management of Medical Emergencies, ed 2.

Author Affiliations

Wailuku, Hawaii


Edited by John C. Sharpe, MD, and Frederick Marx, Jr., MD. Price, $19.50. Pp 731, with 48 tables. McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 330 W 42nd St, New York 10036, 1969.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(1):174. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310010176024

The medical emergency is the crucible of clinical medicine. It is the white-hot moment of truth when there is no margin for consultation with journals and books or dialogue with colleagues. It is a time for swift, decisive action—when one's head and hands may stand between life and death.

For this reason there are perhaps a dozen books on management of acute medical problems. Internist Sharpe and surgeon Marx and 41 contributors have wrought a skillful text with broad-ranging discussions of most common emergent situations: medical, pediatric, and surgical.

They have adopted a practical format familiar to clinicians. They ask the following questions: "What is it?" "What to look for?" "What to consider?" "What to do immediately?" "What not to do?" "What to expect?" The response forms the text.

Syntax is well-ordered; physiologic explanations are crisp and pertinent; treatment methods are lucid and complete. There are many roads to Rome,

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