If there’s one thing that scares you as a medical student, it’s the acutely unwell patient. Most patients you’ll see, as a house officer will be well enough to survive the night until a ‘proper’ doctor arrives (so long as you don’t do anything really silly). On speaking to the ‘proper’ doctors (i.e. the SHOs on-call) it turns out that this is the book they’re all using.
This book (which is also available for your PDA) is a no-nonsense guide to acute presentations and guides you succinctly through the presentation of, causes of and (most importantly) a stepwise plan of action for common acute scenarios. This text is written from “The latest evidence-based guidelines” Common drug does are included in treatment protocols and there is a useful section on practical procedures.
My only real criticism of this book is navigation; there have been a few instances where I’ve not been able to find things in the index, although the PDA version is easy to search thorough.
Reviewed By: Ian Anderson (11.03.2007)
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