by Kumar Soumitra
The Protocol Book represents guidelines for the diagnosis and management of common medical emergencies seen in hospitals. It covers mostly cardiac problems but also includes respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal diseases and diabetes. It has the same objectives as the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology’s Pocket Guidelines Updates compiled by the Special Task Forces of these organizations which are proving extremely useful for practicing physicians. In the Fourth edition, The Protocol Book has been renamed as The Protocol Book for Intensive Care on the basis of feedback from the publishers. One chapter, namely “Post-operative Care following Cardiac Surgery” has been added to the previous list of chapters (as in second and third editions) making the total number twenty-seven. Like the previous editions, theme of this edition too is to emphasize on the successful “total management” of the patient. This book has been compiled by the postgraduate students of the Vivekananda Institute of Medical Sciences, Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata, under the guidance of senior consultants in these departments at the hospital and under the able Editorship of Dr Soumitra Kumar. The text is written in a typical ‘Senior Resident’ language that can be easily understood by their colleagues. The latest ‘state-of-the-art’ information and knowledge has been used in preparing the various sections. It is a very laudable effort on the part of the postgraduate staff. This book covers all the major branches of medical emergencies such as cardiology, pulmonary medicine, central nervous system, metabolic medicine, and of course, rheumatology. In this multidisciplinary and multi-author book the presentations are simple, logical and maintain orderly flow of decision-making process.
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