Deja Review’s second edition of Emergency Medicine promises maximum retention with minimum time. Using a ‘flashcard in a book’ question and answer format followed by a series of clinical vignettes designed to mimic classical presentations of the disorders presented therein, this copy of Deja Review “helps you remember a large amount of pertinent information in the least amount of time possible.” So how much of this self-promotion is hype and how much is fact?
Emergency Medicine is divided into 18 chapters, each focusing on a particular overarching organ system or concept such as Cardiovascular and Vascular Emergencies or Toxicological Emergencies Each chapter is further subdivided into specific emergencies or presentations within these broader topics. The subsections cover the most pertinent information regarding a specific presentation, such as etiology, exam findings and management. It should be noted that the answers to the questions posed are very specific and typically not explanatory. Following each chapter is a series of clinical vignettes which highlight key concepts of the diseases or emergencies presented within the chapter. A ‘Stimulus’ section found at the end of the book features 7 expanded clinical vignettes that include expanded presentations, images pertinent to the topic (MR, EEG, X-ray) and lengthy explanations regarding the answer choice.
Despite being very bare bones, Deja Review Emergency Medicine, if used exactly as it is intended—as a last minute review solution—will probably serve those who choose to invest. This is not a book for those who wish to explore the in depth intricacies Emergency Medicine has to offer. Other comprehensive resources would likely benefit those looking for great detail regarding various case presentations and how to diagnose and treat cases seen in the emergency department. But for someone who is looking for a quick and effective review of what Emergency Medicine has to offer in the week or so leading up to an exam or for rapid EM review, look no further.