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The 7th edition comes 32 years after the publication of the first Study Guide by American College of Emergency Physicians in 1978!

The textbook changes over the years have mirrored the complexity and expansion of the practice of emergency medicine. Emergency physicians are specialists in time-focused treatments such as trauma, stroke, shock, and heart attack, and the 7th edition provides the most contemporary information as possible for acute conditions.

Emergency Medicine is the only population-based specialty and is the only specialty that serves as the safety net for those with illnesses, injuries, socioeconomic barriers to care, and conditions that require the mobilization of resources for care on a 24/7 basis. We have expanded the scope of the book to represent all those conditions for which patients seek ED care, and to include recommendations for transitions of care to inpatient and outpatient services. We have tried to construct the book so it is a primary resource for ED conditions from A to Z—well, almost A to Z—Air Transport to Xanthines.

As a primary resource, the 7th edition has expanded procedure content and provides a series of procedure videos to accompany this text. The full collection of videos is available on AccessEmergencyMedicine.com, and the collection will continue to expand. The video collection with this text is aimed at both learner and teacher, to learn and teach the precise steps and potential errors with each procedure.

Emergency Medicine is a global specialty and is officially recognized as a specialty in nearly 50 countries around the world. The problems, challenges, and practices of emergency are globally similar. The 7th edition is notable for contributions by emergency physicians from 17 countries.

The editors of the 7th edition are all actively practicing emergency physicians, and their guidance, insight, and careful attention have been invaluable in its preparation. Thank you Steve, John, David, Rita, and Garth.

Barbara Steckler, BS, EMT-P, has served as our managing editor in Chapel Hill and has been invaluable in managing the manuscripts for us. Many of our medical illustrations have been drawn by Cinnamon Larson, PhD.

We have been fortunate to work with Anne Sydor, PhD, as our McGraw-Hill Medical Editor. Anne has special gifts in project organization and management, as well as an in-depth knowledge of medical science. Anne's commitment to this project has been exemplary, and I can honestly say that her energy and perseverance have enabled us to produce the best edition ever.

Judith E. Tintinalli, MD, MS
Editor-in-Chief
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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