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May 12, 1951

Emergencies in Medical Practice.

JAMA. 1951;146(2):220. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670020142031

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This is a practical book providing definite and sound instruction on what to do in medical emergencies. A medical emergency is defined as any condition or circumstance in a patient which requires immediate action other than surgical intervention. The author began to prepare statements on the treatment of urgent illnesses years ago, but in assembling them in book form, he obtained the help of 21 colleagues in the various fields of medicine. What should the physician do, for example, when a needle breaks during an injection? What should be done when the patient collapses under local anesthesia? What should be done when a person is struck by lightning? What action should be taken in cases of embolism, persistent hiccup or shock? Hundreds of other questions are answered in this book. The discussions are short and to the point. The book contains numerous pictures, some of which are in color.

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