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April 23, 1982

Emergency Medicine: A Clinical Approach to Challenging Problems

JAMA. 1982;247(16):2295. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320410071041

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Emergency medicine, despite its youth as a recognized specialty, already has its share of major textbooks, journals, and study guides, and several therapeutic manuals. Now beginning to appear are textbooks that supplement material only partially covered in other textbooks. One such book is Emergency Medicine: A Clinical Approach to Challenging Problems by Greenberg and Roberts. The authors' stated goal is to present factual and therapeutically useful information on uncommon but critical clinical situations.

The book's 19 chapters cover such diverse topics as intussusception, diving casualties, ergotism, radiation accidents, toxic gas and vapor exposure, trauma in pregnant women, and emergencies in dialysis patients. The material is generally well written and therapeutically useful, although the chapters suffer from the usual problems of a multiauthored collection (21 authors). Chapters dealing with uncommon problems of drug abuse and of alcoholism are exceptionally well done. Several chapters, such as "Radiation Accidents" and "Diving Casualties," present