Atopic Dermatitis (“Eczema”): How to Control it

Step 1: First of all, make sure it’s really atopic dermatitis! Atopic dermatitis is a pruritic, immune-mediated skin condition that is common in all age groups, but is particularly common among infants, toddlers ands small children. It is commonly called eczema by clinicians and laypersons alike. There are three different highly pruritic skin conditions that… Read More »

Toxicology in a Box (Book Review)

Toxicology in a box is a pretty cool toxicology learning tool. The box contains 154 flashcards with classic and memorable drawings of important poisonings and toxidromes. On the reverse of each card, there is additional important information about sources, classic scenarios, signs/symptoms, mechanisms of action, treatment and clinical pearls.The cards are hilarious (sometimes!) and memorable. It’s really… Read More »

Book Review: The Bedside Dysmorphologist

The Bedside Dysmorphologist by Dr. William Reardon is a great book about diagnosing malformation syndromes at the bedside.  It is only about 300 pages long, but it is packed with essential clinical pearls. Unlike other books in the field which break things down by syndromes, this book delves into the differential diagnosis based on clinical presentations. For example,… Read More »

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… Read More »

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,… Read More »

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… Read More »