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Challenging and Emerging Conditions in Emergency Medicine

      Emergency medicine textbooks are generally divided into two types: the general, which attempts to cover all of emergency medicine, and the specific, which covers a particular area such as gastrointestinal emergencies or neurologic emergencies. Although many of these texts mention common problems, few cover in any detail the rare, unusual, or emerging problems that we commonly encounter. Recently I have seen patients status post-bariatric surgery, patients on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) therapy, geriatric trauma patients, and patients on complex chemotherapeutic protocols. Patients have become more complex and are living longer with diseases such as sickle cell anemia and cystic fibrosis who formerly would not survive until adulthood. Post-resuscitation-induced hypothermia has been shown to be the most beneficial care we can offer, but many emergency physicians don’t initiate it. Dr. Venkat and his 27 contributors have selected a number of these conditions and have presented an approach to managing them. Nationally recognized emergency medicine experts such as Clifton Callaway, Andra Blomkalns, and Mary Ann J. Howland have authored chapters, and Dr. Venkat has recruited non-emergency medicine subject matter authorities for the specific areas covered.
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