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January 16, 1954

Manual of Medical Emergencies

JAMA. 1954;154(3):285. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940370097032

This pocket manual follows the same plan as used in the first edition, namely, to outline "the steps to be taken early in the diagnosis and therapy of emergency medical problems." Although the book is intensely practical, the authors managed to impart a great deal of basic, fundamental information about the treatment of emergency situations described in the text. In other words, this is not just a first aid manual prescribing procedures without giving the reasons for them. The common emergencies that a general practitioner may be required to treat are adequately discussed. These include artificial respiration and the use of an airway, circulatory emergencies, acute poisoning, head injuries, allergic reactions, and comatose states. The book is enlivened by several amusing cartoons showing the right and wrong ways to apply certain emergency treatments. Resident physicians in general hospitals as well as practicing physicians should have this manual for ready reference.

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