Book Review: ECGs for the Emergency Physician 1

ECGs for the Emergency Physician 1 is basically an ECG teaching file with a good mix of clear-cut and more abstruse cases. Interpretations are provided by Dr. Amal Mattu who probably needs no introduction from me as one of the most influential ECG teachers of this generation. The clear typeface and crisp images are striking. The index is… Read More »

Mark Yoffe, MD

Teach Yourself Dermatology!

You can become good to excellent at dermatology with the aid of no more than three books: Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology, 11e (2011): this book is king when it comes to a profoundly medicine-based understanding of dermatology. I seldom, if ever, recommend textbooks – and this one is more than 1210 pages long. You don’t… Read More »

Mark Yoffe, MD

Book Review: Rapid Interpretation of ECGs in Emergency Medicine

I don’t have any electrocardiography books on my list of best medical books of all time. There are a few contenders for that spot.  One of them is Rapid Interpretation of ECGs in Emergency Medicine: A Visual Guide (2012) by Drs. Jennifer Martindale and David Brown. The book is basically a marked-up atlas of important, must-be-able-to-interpret-correctly electrocardiograms. Almost… Read More »

Mark Yoffe, MD

Hypoxia: Critical but Often Poorly Understood Concepts

Hypoxemic Hypoxia Arterial hypoxemia almost always points to either a reduction of the inspired oxygen tension or to a lung problem. When troubleshooting a hypoxemic patient, it sometimes helps to investigate the problem by breaking it down in an organized and stepwise fashion: Hardware and access issues: these are more or less obvious plumbing problems which can generally be… Read More »

Mark Yoffe, MD

Book Review: Surgical Recall, 6e

Surgical Recall, 6e (2012) by Lorne H. Blackbourne MD is an 800-page handbook that is packed with very high-yield clinical information that all primary care physicians should find relevant. The book is obviously is surgery oriented, but I find its content to be extremely relevant to all major medical specialties. Solid tumors, relevant to almost every branch of… Read More »

Mark Yoffe, MD

2013: Best Medical Books of All Time

Overview Here is my as-of-year-2013 list of the best medical books of all time, books which I consider to be great to spectacular. Anonymous posts are allowed. Please let me know if you have any additional suggestions for inclusion. I would especially like to add to the list books on electrocardiography, sports medicine, oncology and autoimmune diseases, subjects… Read More »

Mark Yoffe, MD

Macrocytic Anemia: The Workup

The workup for macrocytic anemia should include some or all the following: Peripheral blood smear Hypersegmented neutrophils and macroovalocytes → B12 and folate deficiency. Advanced B12 deficiency → pancytopenia. Target cells → chronic liver disease (anemia and thrombocytopenia are also seen). Pseudo-Pelger-Huët cells → myelodysplastic syndrome. For vitamin B12 deficiency Vitamin B12 levels Methylmalonic acid → high in vitamin… Read More »

Mark Yoffe, MD