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Principles and Practice of Emergency Medicine

Richard O. Cummins, MD
JAMA. 1987;257(15):2096. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390150112053.
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When the first edition of Schwartz' Principles and Practice of Emergency Medicine appeared nine years ago, it was the only available textbook on emergency medicine. Editor George R. Schwartz appeared to assume that emergency medicine was little more than the emergency components of sub-specialty skills. In 1983 the CV Mosby Company published the first edition of Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. Rosen's book was unquestionably the superior emergency medicine textbook. The contributors selected by Dr Rosen were physicians who practiced emergency medicine, and the chapters addressed topics from their perspective. Each chapter taught emergency physicians what they needed to know about pre-hospital care, what they needed to do in the emergency department, when to refer, when to consult, and when to admit. In contrast, the first edition of Schwartz' textbook read more like advice from subspecialists who arrived in the emergency department to assume care of the patient.

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