Benjamin Close
Emergency physician
The Townsville Hospital
Queensland

These guidelines aim to present a comprehensive but succinct review based on current evidence and opinion. Topics are arranged by diagnostic entities and include explicit management recommendations.

I found the book well organised. The expert group of authors are well regarded and the guidelines accurately reflect the most up-to-date information available. The use of key point boxes and lists of further readings give the reader the option of how much detail they want to read. However, these features were not present in all sections.

The book has some minor shortcomings. A toxicology topic on local anaesthetics would have been useful as they are widely used particularly in primary care. A discussion on the role of magnesium in Irukandji syndrome is also warranted, despite the controversy over the evidence, as it is still commonly used in certain situations.

This latest edition covers all the key topics in the field in an easily accessible reference format while still providing enough detail to guide specific therapeutic interventions. Clinicians should find it a useful portable guide.

Further Reading

The book has some minor shortcomings. A toxicology topic on local anaesthetics would have been useful as they are widely used particularly in primary care. A discussion on the role of magnesium in Irukandji syndrome is also warranted, despite the controversy over the evidence, as it is still commonly used in certain situations.

This latest edition covers all the key topics in the field in an easily accessible reference format while still providing enough detail to guide specific therapeutic interventions. Clinicians should find it a useful portable guide.