BOOKNOTES: Dean’s emergency medicine classic now in its 6th edition

Roberts and Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine, the 1,391-page emergency medicine tome first written by Dr. James Roberts and Dr. Jerris R. Hedges (John A. Burns School of Medicine Dean), has just been released in its sixth edition. The new edition of “Roberts and Hedges'” has more than 1,500 pages and recognizes Dean Hedges as “Editor Emeritus” for his collaboration on the original.

Dr. Roberts is Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine The Drexel University College of Medicine and is Editor-in-Chief of the new edition. Dr. Hedges is Professor and Dean of JABSOM as well as Professor and Vice-Dean Emeritus in the Emergency Medicine Department at Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Medicine.

The book’s forward, by Dr. Mel Herbert of the Keck School of Medicine at USC, reads, “I was first introduced to the now legendary Roberts and Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine as an intern in Australia. The fear of doing harm was more acute during that year than any other. A safe and wise senior resident saw that look of panic in my eye and directed me to The Book. ‘Read it, learn it, be one with it; it is the best, most practical textbook in emergency medicine,’ he told me. He was right then, and five editions later, Roberts and Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine is still the best book in emergency medicine.”

Our photo shows the 5th edition on the left, and the new 6th edition on the right.


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