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Book and Media Reviews
May 14, 2008

Emergency Sedation and Pain Management

JAMA. 2008;299(18):2213-2214. doi:10.1001/jama.299.18.2213

For their illuminating text, Emergency Sedation and Pain Management, John Burton and James Miner have assembled a team of specialists to discuss topics ranging from analgesia for emergency medical services patients en route to the hospital to procedural sedation for critically ill patients being admitted to the intensive care unit. This reference text is divided into 5 sections: “Overview,” “Analgesia,” “Procedural Sedation,” “Topical/Local/Regional Anesthesia,” and “Special Considerations.” Accordingly, the book addresses an important but often neglected topic. While historically specialties such as anesthesia, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and neurology have argued that pain management is their domain, Burton and Miner can argue that emergency medicine physicians form the front lines for pain management.