July 1974

Emergency Medical Guide, ed 2.

Author Affiliations

USA APO San Francisco


By John Henderson, MD. Price, $5.95. Pp 651. McGraw-Hill Book Co, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(1):185. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320190187047

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The Emergency Medical Guide is misnamed. Between A (Airsickness) and Z (Zygoma Fracture), Dr. Henderson discusses infant immunization, dysmenorrhea, the prevention of motor vehicle accidents, and home care of the infirm. The advice is current and generally sound, though uneven. The discussion of smallpox is as extensive as that of acute aspirin intoxication. The latter discussion advises inducing vomiting with ipecac but does not distinguish between the syrup and the extract nor does it recommend a dosage. Later, methadone is recommended for heroin withdrawal with specific dosage provided.

The book can best be considered a textbook of medicine and surgery for the interested layman.

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