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Cardiac Emergency Care.

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Second edition. Edited by Chung Edward K.. . pages. Lea & Febiger; , Philadelphia: , 1980.. Price, $25.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(2):383-384. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-93-2-383_2
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This attempt to cover the broad field of cardiac emergencies is most uneven. Many authors failed to update the first edition. In 20 chapters, the most recent reference to relevant material is 4 to 5 years old. The chapters on rational management of the coronary attack (Pantridge and Adgey) and the clinical use of direct current shock (Resnekov) are gems. The latter chapter's only flaw is the inexplicably excessive recommendation of a first shock of 20 joules for internal defibrillation; it should be 5 joules or less. Except for the chapter by Pantridge and Adgey, there is no systems approach


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