by Thomas Flint, Jr., M.D., Associate Physician, Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center and Senior Consultant, Emergency Department and Division of Industrial Relations, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Vallejo, California, formerly Director, Division of Industrial Relations, Permanente Medical Group, Oakland and Richmond, California; Chief, Emergency Department, Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Richmond, California. xiv + 686 pages, illustrated, third edition. W. B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia and London. 1964. $8.75
This book has emergency treatments for various conditions arranged neatly in alphabetical order, with a good index so that any condition can be looked up very quickly. Both first aid and further extended treatments are given. Most ordinary conditions are dealt with adequately, but tropical conditions are scarcely mentioned and falciparum malaria is not touched on as a cause for coma. Examination of the blood for parasites and enquiry into travel from abroad are not mentioned in such cases.
Snake bite is over-treated and no mention is made of testing the coagulability of the blood in such cases, as the dangers of antivenene administration may be as great as that of the snake bite which may easily be harmless.
However, this is a very useful book to have around and fits the pocket easily.