Clinical Emergency Medicine Casebook

Clinical Emergency Medicine Casebook, Published by Cambridge Medicine, and written by two American academic emergency physicians. This text sets out to provide a different way of teaching emergency medicine compared to other textbooks. Available in kindle edition and paperback edition.

Authors – Joel T Levis and Gus M Garmel
Table of contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword
  • HEENT (Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat)
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pulmonology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genitourinary and Gynecology
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Trauma
  • Othopaedics
  • Hand
  • Paediatrics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Toxicology/Environmental
  • Miscellaneous
  • Answer Index
  • Subject Index

Review

Clinical Emergency Medicine Casebook, written by Joel T Lewis and Gus G Gamel, and published by Cambridge University Press. This text sets out to provide a different way of teaching emergency medicine compared to other textbooks through using a case based scenario. It provides the reader with a real life case scenario, with an accompanying X-ray, ECG, CT-scan or clinical image for the reader to interpret and formulate the diagnosis. Following the case scenario, on the opposite page provide’s the diagnosis and conclusion to the case scenario. This is followed up with an in depth discussion on the diagnosis going through from the pathophysiology to the management of the condition.

This book provides the reader with extensive case scenarios from conditions that are common every day presentation like PE, MI, and acute appendicitis to the more rare diseases like ovarian torsion caused by a dermoid cyst and nephrotic syndrome. There are only a few text out there covering emergency medicine in a case based scenario presentation, certainly the majority of them aren’t as lengthy as this text at 506 pages long.

The downfall of this book is that it is American based, and some of the presentation we don’t encounter in Australia, like Pit Viper envenomation. The drugs provided in these cases, are generally listed by brand name rather than generic, and also American based, but this was only relevant in a limited number of the case scenarios.  Every case has an X-ray, CT scan, or ECG attached to it, which promotes an interactive approach with the case studies, however, some of the images were small making interpretation hard. This could have been overcome by providing a CD Rom or website address with the book to access these images in a higher resolution or on home computer.

Overall I found this book a pleasure to read, and would recommended it to anyone who is looking for a different approach from the usual didactic medical books, and want to embrace the case based learning scenarios.

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