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Davids Textbook of Emergency Medicine Released at EMCON 2011

Davids Textbook of Emergency Medicine Released at EMCON 2011
Editors Desk
In June 2009, EmergencyMedicine.in publicized that work was underway for a comprehensive textbook in emergency medicine which will focus on EM from the Indian perspective. (Click here to read previous article)

This completed text was finally released at the 13th National Conference of Emergency Medicine (EMCON 2011) hosted by the Society of Emergency Medicine (SEMI) at Kolkata, India, last week.

Davids Textbook of Emergency Medicine comprises of 2380 pages spread over two volumes. With 291 authors contributing to its 262 chapters, this is the largest comprehensive textbook of emergency medicine in the world.

The Chief Editor, Dr. Suresh David, Professor & Head of Dept of Accident & Emergency Medicine, Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, India, is the senior most emergency physician in India with more than 18 years of EM experience and one of the pioneers for the development of emergency medicine in India. He is an honorary recipient of the Fellowship of Australian College of Emergency Medicine (FACEM) in 2006.

Dr. David said, Most of our emergency medicine textbooks come from the USA. From an EM academic standpoint the world is divided into the West and the East. We are currently modifying and adapting from the West. So we created a book predominantly for the Eastern hemisphere. This book is a One-Stop-Shop for EM students, EMS personnel, EM postgraduates and ED administrators. He also said that the literature came from authors who were experts in their field. For example, the chapter on Diving Medicine was written by David Greene who is an Ex-Navy SEAL. The chapters on Frostbite and High Altitude Illness were written by Ken Zafren who has experience from Alaska and Himalayas.

Dr. Judith Tintinalli, in the foreword, mentioned that this textbook matches practices to the resources and cultures of the region, and makes clear that EM is a tangible specialty in India and South-East Asia.

We went through this textbook and found that 42% of the authors were from India. Singapore contributed 13% and USA 14%. Australia and UK contributed 8% and 6% respectively. The rest of the authors were from China, South Africa, Nepal, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, France, Italy, Oman, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Canada, Sweden and Germany.

Reading the textbook definitely gave a very local feel, due to its content which was relevant to developing nations. We highly recommend this to all the emergency departments in India and other countries.

Davids Textbook of Emergency Medicine is due to become widely available in all major bookstores by next month. For the benefit of our Indian readers, this textbook is available through a distributor - Medicare Books House, Kolkata (+91-33-22656594, 22265435). Cost is 7000/- INR (Approx 140 USD)

- EmergencyMedicine.in

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