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May 18, 1984

MGH Textbook of Emergency Medicine: Emergency Care as Practiced at the Massachusetts General Hospital

Author Affiliations

Crown Point, Ind Porter Memorial Hospital Valparaiso, Ind

JAMA. 1984;251(19):2585. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340430077039

MGH Textbook of Emergency Medicine is a comprehensive review of the myriad medical problems facing the specialist in emergency medicine. The text, now in its second edition, is dedicated to the house staff of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and purports to define the practice of emergency medical care for that institution. It is divided into five sections—"Life Support" (68 pp), "Medicine" (394 pp), "Surgery" (354 pp), "Administration" (93 pp), and "Illustrated Techniques" (49 pp)— and includes a detailed index.

"Life Support" addresses pathophysiology, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, shock, and trauma. The latter three topics are standard reviews without fanfare. "Shock" addresses bacteremia in a refreshing tabular format, which should prove helpful to clinicians faced with a septic patient. "Pathophysiology," conversely, is a concise and well-written chapter, which will provide an excellent review and helpful reference for even the most astute of emergency physicians.

"Medicine" divides the remaining nonsurgical emergency problems into