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Book and Media Reviews
October 10, 2007

Oxford Handbook of Acute MedicineOxford Handbook of Acute Medicine for PDAs

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(14):1699-1704. doi:10.1001/jama.298.14.1699

This handbook and books of similar design are meant to be read “on the fly,” between patients in busy clinical settings. They pack prodigious amounts of crucial information into small packages (in this case about the size of 2 medium-sized hands held in prayer formation), ready to provide both guidance to novice clinicians and reassurance to those more seasoned. In the current era of point-and-click information retrieval, they now also are accompanied by CDs that load their contents on personal digital assistants (PDAs). With these realities in mind, we reviewed the Oxford Handbook of Acute Medicine and its PDA version from 2 perspectives—that of a learner (a family physician returning to hospital-based practice) and that of a teacher (a university-based educator in emergency medicine).