R Puana, J Nates
R Puana, J Nates. Book Review: Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine -Third Edition. The Internet Journal of Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine. 2006 Volume 10 Number 1.
By Wyatt J.P., Illingworth R.N., Graham C.A., Clancy M.J., Robertson C.E., Published by Oxford University Press INC., New York, 2006, 605 pp, $47.50.
ISBN 0-19-920607-4 (paperback)
The Emergency Room is a hectic environment that encompasses everything from penetrating trauma, pediatric emergencies to primary care office type visits. It is a place were the case load demands attention to detail with an almost obsessive compulsive personality trait to be successful. The wide variety of clinical situations and personalities make the team approach to the emergency room imperative. Dr. Wyatt and colleagues incorporate a broad array of emergency medical practices in their new third edition Oxford handbook.
The emergency room (ER) is a monumental challenge for the medical community and the task of organizing a guide for emergency room physicians is no small task. With 15 chapters dedicated to common dilemmas in the ER, Dr.Wyatt and associates have compiled techniques, guidelines, differential diagnosis's and common complications that lay the ground work for the initial response to the appropriate referral or conciliation.
The book is not available in a PDA format as of late. Formerly named
The chapters are succinctly written with a major description of any pertinent pathophysiology, diagnosis, disease state, or clinical considerations in paragraph form. Major points of action, differential diagnosis, management, complications, side effects, etc. can be found in easy to follow bullet point format. A nice touch is the problem based approach with points of interest such as the
In practical terms the book is easy to read with simple practical information to follow. The authors do a well encompassed manual that takes into account the time restraints one has to look up information when confronted in the ER. It is this brief account that leads this author to highly recommend this book. This new edition devotes more of its time to functionality then argumentative options in not so critical areas. The handbook is chalked full of landmark references, detailed criteria and current guidelines. It is hard if not impossible to incorporate all of emergency medicine in a handbook so small but this pocket sized companion accomplishes the everyday management of problems faced in the emergency room.