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DOI: 10.5811/westjem.2014.9.23833

By Judith E. Tintinalli and West J Emerg Med


Emergency medicine today is very different from emergency medicine of the 1970s, when our practice was limited to the physical confines of the emergency department (ED) and the ambulance. So—WHO ARE WE ANYWAY? Family doctors take care of your family. Surgeons cut you open. Pediatricians take care of kids. Anesthesiologists put you to sleep. Cardiologists fix your heart. Emergency physicians…….? The definition of who we are is complicated by the fact that organ-specific specialties do not have discrete ‘rights ’ to diagnostics or procedures that in the distant past might have characterized a specialty.1 ST segment elevation myocardia

Year: 2014
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