With these short stories, Hatim Kanaaneh explores the changing, precarious, and ever-shrinking world of Palestinians living in Israel. As his village’s first Western-trained physician, Kanaaneh had intimate access to his neighbor’s lives, and he chronicles them here in a fictionalized collection of vignettes. His cunningly crafted stories reveal the struggles, triumphs, memories, and hopes of the indigenous Palestinian community living in a state that neither acknowledges their past nor supports their future. Following a diagnostic scheme used by physicians worldwide, each story is titled with the "chief complaint” of its protagonist. Taken together, the stories poignantly convey the indigenous Palestinian community’s foundational chief complaint: its conflicted relationship with the state of Israel.
EMRA's convenient clinical guide equips you to handle the most common chief complaints efficiently and quickly throughout your shift. Use Basics of Emergency Medicine to ensure nothing is overlooked as you treat the adult patient population. This pocket-size guide is ideal for medical students, interns, off-service rotating residents, NPs, PAs, nurses ¿ and anyone caring for patients in the fast-paced world of emergency medicine.
Following "Basics of Emergency Medicine," this pediatric version of EMRA's popular quick-reference clinical guide provides practical solutions for treating pediatric patients' top chief complaints. This pocket-sized, easy-to-use resource provides a simple approach to difficult diagnoses in the pediatric population and is ideal for interns, medical students, off-service rotating residents, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses - and anyone caring for pediatric patients in the fast-paced emergency medicine environment.
Author: Ronald Schleifer
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Release Date: 2013-01-28
Unlike any existing studies of the medical humanities, The Chief Concern of Medicinebrings to the examination of medical practices a thorough---and clearly articulated---exposition of the nature of narrative. The book builds on the work of linguistics, semiotics, narratology, and discourse theory and examines numerous literary works and narrative "vignettes" of medical problems, situations, and encounters. Throughout, the book presents usable expositions of the ways storytelling organizes itself to allow physicians and other healthcare workers (and even patients themselves) to be more attentive to and self-conscious about the information---the "narrative knowledge"---of the patient's story.
Author: Rebecca Jeanmonod
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 2017-12-14
Pediatric patients are a unique subset of emergency patients, making up about one-quarter of all emergency department visits. Textbooks regarding the care of pediatric patients are almost universally organized by organ system, which does not facilitate an efficient diagnosis. Taking a case-based approach, Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Chief Complaints and Differential Diagnosis is arranged by chief complaint, using real patient scenarios to help the reader work through the inductive and deductive reasoning needed to assess, evaluate, treat, and disposition pediatric patients with urgent complaints. Cases are structured in the way in which they are presented during medical care, allowing practitioners to become comfortable with the general structure of case presentations: chief complaint, HPI, PMH, ROS, exam, and ancillary studies. This volume also discusses disease processes and their differentiations, providing in-depth knowledge regarding current standards of diagnosis and care.
Author: John Kerastas
Publisher: Sunstone Press
Release Date: 2013-02-15
At 57 years old, John Kerastas thought he was the poster child for fifty-year old healthiness: he competed in triathlons, rode in 100 mile biking events and ate a healthy diet chock full of organic vegetables. Then he discovered that he had a brain tumor the size of his wife's fist. His memoir chronicles the first year he spent addressing tumor-related health issues: preparing for his first operation, discovering a dangerous skull infection, having the infected portion of his skull surgically removed, learning about his substantial vision and cognitive losses, undergoing rehab and radiation treatments, and learning to live with his "new normal." According to Kerastas, the phrase "new normal" is the medical community's code words for "You're alive, so quit complaining." As his health changed, so did his sense of humor. He writes that his humor started out superficially light-hearted prior to the first operation; transmogrified into gallows humor after several subsequent operations; and leveled out as somewhat wry-ish after radiation and rehab. This is a surprisingly upbeat and inspiring book for anybody interested in memoirs about people dealing with personal crises, for patients trudging through rehab, for caretakers helping victims of serious illnesses, or for anybody looking for an unexpected chuckle from an unlikely subject. JOHN KERASTAS has worked at a global advertising agency, at several technology start-up companies and as a free-lance writer. Now, in addition to non-profit and charitable work, he spends his time blogging, speaking and writing about brain health, brain tumors and rehab. You can follow his blog or view his presentations schedule at www.johnstumor.blogspot.com.
Author: Ralph G. DePalma,
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2009-07-27
PROLOGUE: IDEAL HEALTH Experience is the oracle of truth...where its responses are unequivocal; they ought to be conclusive and sacred. James Madison, Federalist 18-20 Twenty-first century medicine offers better outcomes than at any other time in history, yet many, if not most people are unhappy with health care. The World Health Organization defines health as: “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity...” a statement suggesting an ideal state of complete well being that lies within society’s grasp. This ideal might be achieved within the context of an altruistic society, inhabited by intelligent individuals possessing high moral and ethical values, abundant resources, access to advanced technology, and effective, equitable governance. The concept promises a paradise on earth, yet formidable challenges confound its realization–– this is one of several dilemmas confronting health care. People living in the third world, victimized by lack of education, unremitting poverty, and corrupt governments suffer widespread ill health due to readily correctible causes––undernutrition, lack of sanitation, contaminated food and water and ethnic violence. These unfortunate conditions relate to political, cultural issues and, some might say, moral issues. Inner city dwellers or those living in other deprived areas within the United States are also victimized, while more privileged inhabitants of ‘advanced’ societies sooner or later develop lethal diseases, many due to unknown or obscure causes. The treatment of these illnesses, to which the poor are not necessarily immune, requires specialized skills focusing upon individuals. This is also a part of the health care dilemma. Specialized approaches differ from world and public health centered views of ‘Health Care.’ Generalizations about health and prevention, in the minds of policy makers, have become conflated with treatment of advanced disease––a confusion that potentially threatens specialists who are the custodians of unique skills required to treat serious illnesses. Clearly, effective Health Care requires both preventive and advanced treatment services––part of the dilemma is that each needs more detailed definition. This book describes surgical care, some it involving general surgical problems and some of it within the specialty of vascular surgery. Each story or complaint highlights dilemmas facing doctors and patients alike. Surgical interventions are life saving, life enhancing processes that carry with them important societal implications. Surgical efforts are costly, time intensive, and come into play individually––one case at a time. Illnesses often present with a dominant symptom, a Chief Complaint. The patient’s Chief Complaint is key to effective diagnosis and treatment. The words, manner, and circumstances of patient’s complaints express specific truths. Complaints require action––sometimes immediate, sometimes measured and deliberate, and sometimes with judicious restraint. Deciding how, and at what rate, to react to complaints are also dilemmas facing patients, doctors and health care systems. Modern medicine, paradoxically, tends to overlook and marginalize individual concerns and cultural sensitivities in favor of ‘cost-benefit’ or public policy analyses, leading to rigid policy decisions that conflict with individual needs and sensitivities. Laboratory testing and imaging increasingly uncover the silent beginnings of serious disease before symptoms develop––this is usually a good thing––sometimes it is not––currently enhanced diagnostic prowess poses yet another dilemma facing doctors and health care policy makers. Abnormal test results, ideally, should be considered as Chief Complaints. Abnormal test results can become sources of anxiety prompting ill advised and premature actions, or conversely, may be ignored with disastrous results. Controversies about which tests, how man
From the award-winning authors of Fast Facts for the Triage Nurse! The vital information you need to quickly identify acutely ill or injured patients. Rapid Access Guide for Triage and Emergency Nurses: Chief Complaints With High-Risk Presentations is the first pocket-sized clinical manual focusing on patient-driven chief complaints. Designed to assist in rapidly recognizing potential life-threatening or life-altering conditions, this guide can be used in a variety of healthcare settings. Content covers each body system and its most common chief complaints along with first-line questions, assessments, and interventions to prompt the user. Red flag findings, easily identified by the flag icon, denote critical signs and symptoms, while a light bulb icon helps the user locate key tips. The guide includes evidence-based practice guidelines, reference tables, and checklists for at-a-glance retrieval of information. Most chapters contain space for taking notes, inscribing important phone numbers, or pasting facility specific policies and procedures. Key Features: Common chief complaints with essential tips Unique patient presentations Triage processes, clinical red flags, screening tools Pediatric and older adult considerations Disaster response Active shooter or violent situation action steps
Author: Rebecca Jeanmonod
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 2010-09-02
A case-based book organized by the top 10 common complaints of patients presenting to emergency departments. This approach allows the reader to learn the pathophysiology of the major diseases, and analyze each case in a way that more closely approximates the clinical practice of medicine; not knowing which organ system is damaged or compromised before examining the patient. The cases are based on real patients and the diseases are either common in emergency practice, or are dangerous diagnoses not to be missed. The case descriptions include questions regarding the patient's presentation and basic information about the disease, illustrating key elements from the history, physical, and when necessary ancillary studies that help lead to a diagnosis. Each chapter ends with a flow diagram showing how diseases of different organ systems can present with similar initial complaints. This book is an ideal resource for medical students, residents and trainees in emergency medicine.
Author: Bob Elling
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Release Date: 2003
A concrete approach to assessing patients and situations in the field that presents the relationship between assessment findings and pathology in an informal yet informative manner. Includes detailed descriptions of physical exams and history-taking methods as relevant to respiratory, cardiac, neurological, abdominal and psychological traumas. Case studies and Web activities are integrated throughout to provide a realistic context and enhance material. Benefits: Includes chapters on pediatric, obstetric and geriatric assessment, as well as cultural aspects of assessment Ties all aspects of assessment together to create the big picture Web activities and case studies offer realistic scenarios and intreractivity
Author: Jeffrey L. Greenwald
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Release Date: 2003
Central to providing excellent patient care is excellent communication, for which a well-written History and Physical is crucial. This book is a step-by-step guide to help medical students, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc. write a comprehensive, clear, and useful History and Physical. Writing an effective History and Physical is as much an art as science, and this handy guide provides a roadmap for organizing facts in a logical and well-constructed fashion. The text also presents an abridged version for quick reference and a valuable section on how to write daily progress notes. The author's tips pearls, and advice help the reader navigate the principles and goals of the History and Physical Contains more explanations, tips and advice than existing books for what to include and why Memorable good and bad examples reinforce themes in the text
Author: Amal Mattu
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Release Date: 2017-03-15
In a conversational, easy-to-read style, Avoiding Common Errors in the Emergency Department, 2nd Edition, discusses 365 errors commonly made in the practice of emergency medicine and gives practical, easy-to-remember tips for avoiding these pitfalls. Chapters are brief, approachable, and evidence-based, suitable for reading immediately before the start of a rotation, used for quick reference on call, or read daily over the course of one year for personal assessment and review.
Author: Samir S. Shah
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Release Date: 2004
Pediatric Complaints and Diagnostic Dilemmas: A Case-Based Approach contains 119 cases in 20 chapters that cover a common chief complaint. Each chapter opens with a definition of the complaint, moves to differential diagnosis with a table on the most frequent causes, and reviews the important questions in the history. Four to eight cases in each chapter illustrate how the same chief complaint can have different causes. Case presentations cover the history of present illness, past medical history, the physical exam, diagnostic studies, and the development of the complaint over time.