The preface to the second edition of this guide to emergency room care suggests that the goal of the book is to provide a comprehensive manual for those involved in full-time emergency-care medicine. Perhaps it is this goal that determines the largely surgical orientation: There are, for example, 30 pages relating to hand injuries, and only eight to the comatose patient.
As a guide to common emergency room practice, this is only a moderately useful book. Its value comes from the fact that it delineates clearly, especially in the surgical chapters, what can and should be done in the emergency room. Orthopedic sections give a reasonably comprehensive survey of the diagnosis and emergency treatment of the traumatic injuries commonly encountered in an emergency room. A useful table summarizes the specific roentgenographic views in order to delineate different traumatic injuries. A major and inexplicable omission is the absence of a clear,