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Book and Media Reviews
September 24, 2008

Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Emergency Medicine

JAMA. 2008;300(12):1466. doi:10.1001/jama.300.12.1466-a

The sixth edition of Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Emergency Medicine achieves its stated goals. It is a concise compendium for emergency medicine practitioners. The text concentrates on practical aspects, with limited discussion of the basic sciences.

This textbook comprises 48 chapters in 4 sections. The first section, “Special Aspects of Emergency Medicine,” provides a general overview of the approach to the emergency department (ED) patient; prehospital care; nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction; disaster care; and legal aspects proper to the specialty. Chapter 6 presents an extensive overview of emergency procedures. Although this chapter describes detailed procedures such as venous cutdown, it fails to address other contemporary procedures such as ultrasound-assisted venous access and the value of end-tidal carbon dioxide concentration in expired-air capnography. It must be noted that a valued strength of this chapter is the clear delineation of indications and contraindications for every procedure.