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To be of maximal value as a reference work for the management of emergency situations, a manual should probably be small, concise, and durable, as well as accurate. This one is somewhat larger than pocket-size, but it is soundly bound and cleanly and pleasantly printed. Perhaps because its 37 sections were contributed by 32 different authors, its tone varies from section to section. Many appear to me unnecessarily discursive, dwelling overlong on pathophysiology and differential diagnosis, with recommendations appearing late in the course of lengthy discussion.
One cannot help but note the omission of salicylism and water intoxication from the
A Handbook of Medical Emergencies. A Guide for Emergencies in Internal Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. ;74:803. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-803_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):803.
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