Books I’ve Read

Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine

Tintinalli, J. E., Stapczunski, J. S., Ma, O. J., Yealy, D. M., Meckler, G. D., & Cline, D. M. (2016). Tintinalli’s emergency medicine: a comprehensive study guide. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.

This is one of my favorite reference books. Although I am but a humble EMT, I often refer to it when I need to look something up quickly, and it has yet to fail me. The content is always on point, the organization is brilliant, and the tables and illustrations are very helpful. I first came across this book when I was doing some clinical research on mushroom poisoning, which has its own chapter. Ever since, Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine has maintained a prominent position in my reference arsenal.

A mushroom. Don’t eat it, lest you be poisoned.

Sometimes authors (or editors, as the case may be) are very different from their books. This turned out not to be the case with Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine. Last week, I presented to me local ER for a complaint of chest pain/rule out pulmonary embolism. The world being a small place, my night shift doctor was Dr. Tintinalli. After all my tests came back normal, she gave me some of the best discharge advice I have ever heard. She said, “I want you to go home and not worry.” This is not the first time I have presented to my local ER for what turned out to be nothing, but it was the first time a doctor or nurse took the time to reassure me. Usually they just say “your test was fine, we don’t know what’s wrong, follow up with your primary care provider.” However, the book reflected the character of its editor, and Dr. Tintinalli was just as friendly and reassuring as Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine.

How it got published: Hard work
Rating: a true gem, a rara avis

Review finished: July 29, 2019
Review posted: August 1, 2019

All images in this post are copyright Short and Sweet WTF & 7/4 Review.

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