Book Reviews

Year Book of Emergency Medicine 2012

Editor in chief
Richard J Hamilton

MD FAAEM, FACMT , Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Elsevier Mosby
Philadephia 2012
ISBN 978-0-323-08878-7

Type and Scope of book
This book picks to best of the current research articles pertaining to emergency medicine in 2012. The editors have read many different specialist journals for research articles that affect emergency medicine. The year book puts the research abstracts into a year book. These abstracts can be referenced for access and further study by the reader.

Contents
1 – Trauma
2 – Resuscitation
3 – Cardiovascular
4 – Gastrointestinal
5 – Neurology
6 – Infections and Immunologic Disorders
7 – Pediatric Emergency Medicine
8 – Emergency Medical Service Systems
9 – Emergency Center Activities
10 – Respiratory Distress
11 – Pulmonary
12 – Abdominal Pain
13 – Toxicology

Strengths
The book is a great way of keeping up to date with the latest research hotspots. The editors have done the reader a great service by finding excellent current research studies in the many areas of emergency medicine. Placing them in one book allows the reader to find lots of leads for information quickly.

The use of abstracts allows the book the be compact. Many of the studies in the journals are from large scale studies. Full publishing would make for a huge diluted book. Full publishing would find many articles irrelevant to the reader, not read and paper just wasted.

A easy referencing system of the book allows the reader access to focused information. The use of using the abstracts only allows the reader to find the studies appropriate to the focused needs. This lets the reader cover a lot of ground quickly to find relevant material.

The articles have been referenced from renown medical journals and have met the publishing standards to validity of the research undertaken. This gives the book a believability that the practitioner can trust.

The articles are from 2012 so are recent and therefore can be used to shape contemporary practice. This 2012 information can be added to previous knowledge and research for best practices and current innovations.

Weaknesses
Weight is given to certain areas and not to others. This hints that some area were not looked at for entry to the year book. Areas like orthopaedics, plastics, O+G, mental health, all common ED presentations were not covered by the book. This takes away from it being a comprehensive approach to the world of emergency medicine.

The year book does not include articles from Australian journals. Inclusion may have added to the international flavour of the information. The book has a American and English speaking European slant due to all articles coming from journal from these countries.

Recommended Readership
Emergency nurses attempting to find the latest research studies would be well placed to reading this book to find supporting articles for current best practice, writing of university essays and workplace research.

This book would also be a good reference point for practitioner or student attempting to do research themselves. The abstracts from published articles have met the validity standards of reputable medical journals so results are worthwhile examining.

The book would suit many senior nursing and medical practitioners attempting to keep update to date. The use of abstracts will help the practitioner be able to literature search many practice change areas that have practice and process impacts.

Overall rating
This book mainly achieves its aim of assembling information from different journal relating to emergency medicine and putting them in the one book. This makes this a ideal book further literature searching and analysis.

The year book would be a ideal buy that could be on the shopping list each year. The book will keep the reader up to date on practice changes and research that backs up current practice.