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General Emergency Medicine
Emergency Department Resuscitation of the Critically Ill-Mike Winters gathered some fantastic ED crit care folk to create a definitive guide to ED resuscitation. And I’m not just saying that b/c I wrote the first chapter : )
APLS: 5th Edition-I hate merit badge courses, but this is a markedly superior course to PALS. This textbook is the book you want to read through before your peds ED rotations.
Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine by Roberts and Hedges-This is an incredible book! It describes in exhaustive detail almost every procedure you will need to know in your career in EM. This might be one to actually buy with your CME money. It is also available free through mdconsult, but lacking some of the photos. There are copies at both sites if you need to brush up on procedures during a shift. Just remember, it does not inspire all that much confidence when your moribund patient sees you reading the how to intubate chapter.
Emergency Medicine Procedures-I thought no book would surpass Roberts and Hedges, but this one has done it. Diagrams instead of photos are a far more effective teaching tools. Absolutely complete. So expensive, but so good; this is my recommended procedure text.
Wounds and Lacerations by Trott-The bible on wound repair
Manual of Emergency Airway Management by Walls-The definitive monograph on EM airway management. Get through this one during your orientation month. You’ll want to know the basics of intubation before your first ed shift. It is one of the few procedures we do where you can’t really take your time.
The Airway Cam Guide to Intubation-While Wall’s text teaches the skills of airway management, this book teaches laryngoscopy and the skills of placing plastic between the cords. You need to read both.
Cope’s Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen-If you have not read it during med school, pick it up during your surgery block from the library. Make sure it is the newest addition where they emphatically recommend pain meds for abd pain pts (and it is written by a surgeon)
Essential Emergency Trauma-Edited by my friend and colleague, Kaushal Shah. This is a perfect introductory text for residents. Covers Trauma from A to Z in a easy to read format.
Trauma-The be-all end-all of trauma management. Geared towards the surgeon so be prepared to skim.
Emergency Orthopedics-Pick it up from Elmhurst library during your ortho block and read it cover to cover. It is written by and for EM docs, so no boring crap, just the important stuff we need to know.
Common Hand Injuries by Carter-20 years old and still the best hand book out there. You need to know the hand; this book is the way to learn. It even has cartoons. Out of print forever, it has just been released in a 2nd edition as an ebook. ACEP put out a new book on the hand; I read it, but I was not impressed. Carter still has them beat.
Toxicology Secrets-Hate to recommend review books, but this series keeps coming through.
Accident and Emergency Radiology-Written by Brits, but still a good book. : ) Has all the essential x-rays you need to know. No UTS or CT.
The ECG in Acute MI–You’ve probably already read Dubin, and may even have glanced at Marriot, but the book that should be required reading for ER Docs is this one. You think you know the signs of an MI on EKG, but you are only at level I, grasshopper.
Electrocardiography in Emergency Medicine-Until Dr. Smith’s book returns to
print, this incredible work edited by the master, Amal Mattu, is the one I
Emergency Ultrasound-Long awaited: before this there was no good book for EM UTS, now there is.
Critical Care Ultrasonography-This book will take your ultrasound skills to
the next level to be able to optimally manage the critically ill patient.
Minor Emergencies-Covers all the emergencies that need to be treated but don’t need to come in by ambulance, ie. finger lacs and epistaxis. Basically everything you will see on a fast track shift. Of course our patients call ambulances for back pain for the past 7 years, but that is another story. A slightly abbreviated version of this book is available on the web at: http://www.ncemi.org/cse/contents.htm
Sapira’s Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis-this is your medical school physical diagnosis class taken to the next level. All the skills and tricks of the old time docs who could diagnose without the benefit of labs and x-rays (of course they did not have the benefit of any useful treatment one they diagnosed, sort of reminds me of the neuro folks.) I keep going back to this one to learn new skills as I get more comfortable with the old ones. Available in Sinai’s library
Wilderness Medicine -If you are interested in wilderness and expedition medicine, save up for this book.
An Introduction to Clinical Emergency Medicine-How about a book to recommend to rotating med students.
Emergency Medicine Decision Making-Can’t help but place this plug for a familiar author.
Irwin and Rippe’s Intensive Care Medicine-The big daddy; my favorite crit care text.
The ICU Book-So much incredibly good stuff packed into an easily readable text. Should be required reading during an EM residency.
The NeuroICU Book-Kiwon Lee goes deep into the intricacies of Neurocritical Care and performing in the NeuroICU.
Principles and Practice of Mechanical Ventilation-You need to really love vents to love this book. I do and I do.
Still need more to read? These are the ones:
Annals of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine Journal
Journal of Emergency Medicine
- Academic Emergency Medicine
(Listed in order of descending relevance to a resident)
And of course, I can recommend the publications of EB Medicine (in my opinion, the best evidence-based EM publications out there–note I am biased as I am on the editorial board of two of their journals). Check out their publications. I especially recommend EM Critical Care for readers of EMCrit, but of course, EM Practice is the best general EM EBM publication out there, and if I treated kids, I’d be reading Pediatric EM Practice.
Want to see what journals I read each month? Beware the path to madness lies here.
For some reason, people are curious what I read when I am not reading the 60 journals, if you are one of those people check out the EMCrit Shelf.