This book was an outstanding surprise. Emergency department libraries abound with how-to manuals and handbooks on clinical procedures for emergencies. Roberts and Hedges, however, assistant professors of emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati, have produced the first textbook of such procedures.
This is an impressive, 1,100-page hardback, with more than 80 contributors. The textbook format allows them to expand beyond the simple indications / equipment / procedure / complications format used in typical procedure handbooks. The contributors present not only fascinating historical background and superb photographs and illustrations but also the rationale and physiologic theory behind the procedures. This is, in short, an academic book that carries the reader far beyond the standard "see one, do one, teach one" approach with which so much misinformation and personal opinion is passed down from house officer to house officer.
The editors have organized the work by specialty area: respiratory care, cardiology, general surgery, orthopedics,