Anyone, Anything, Anytime - Paperback | ACEP

Anyone, Anything, Anytime - Paperback | ACEP

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Anyone, Anything, Anytime - A History of Emergency Medicine (2nd Edition) - Paperback

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Learn how emergency medicine has evolved from its early days following World War II through the sociopolitical changes of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s to the present day. This updated edition includes many full-color photos and more in-depth interviews from EM pioneers.

In this redesigned second edition, Anyone, Anything, Anytime takes an even deeper dive into the evolution of emergency medicine. With first-hand narratives from nearly 50 EM pioneers, prominent historian Brian J. Zink, MD, FACEP, explores the origins and remarkable transformation of the specialty throughout the decades. If you’ve ever been curious about how emergency medicine has changed through the decades, the second edition of 
Anyone, Anything, Anytime is for you!


". . . this book provides a complete narrative of the specialty."

—Michael DeBoer, MD (Regions Hospital), Doody's Review Service


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        About the Author

Brian J. Zink, MD, FACEP, has won many awards for his research and leadership in emergency medicine over his 30-year career, including the Hal Jayne Academic Excellence Award and the John Marx Leadership Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Outstanding Contribution in Education Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Distinguished Service Award from AACEM. He is currently a professor and senior associate chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, MI.

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ISBN (Hardcover): 978-0998891286


Specialties:         Emergency Medicine, History of Medicine

Anyone, Anything, Anytime: A History of Emergency Medicine, 2nd Edition
Reviewed by Michael DeBoer, MD  (Regions Hospital), Doody's Review Service


This is a readable and enjoyable history of the specialty of emergency medicine, starting with stories of what life was like before the specialty existed (and thus why it was—and remainsso desperately needed), continuing through the pioneers of the specialty and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles they faced, and on through the Affordable Care Act and what's currently facing those who provide care in emergency departments in the U.S.


The author sought to reflect on his own career as a veteran emergency physician and that of his predecessors, and to connect with the pioneers of the field before their stories were lost. He wants current medical students, residents, and new attendings in emergency medicine to appreciate the rich history of this field, given that many of the pioneers have died. These are certainly worthy objectives and the book meets them well. These topics are not commonly taught in medical school or residency, but there is great value for those in emergency medicine to understand more of the unique specialty they belong to.


The book is intended for emergency physicians, residents, medical students, and for others who work in emergency medicine who wish to learn more about how privileged we are to do this work, and who wish to learn more about those whose shoulders we stand on.


Starting with the pre-emergency medicine days of the 1950s, through the first attempts at finding a solution for acute medical care, the founding of the specialty and the obstacles it faced, and finishing with discussions of the Affordable Care Act and present challenges facing emergency medicine, this book provides a complete narrative of the specialty. It is readable and enjoyable, with ample color photos throughout.


Emergency medicine is a young specialty, but it is also firmly established and has been around long enough to have a rich history. Those of us lucky enough to do this work stand on the shoulders of pioneers whose stories we should be familiar with. Thankfully they are skillfully and beautifully chronicled in this book. Anyone involved in the care of the acutely sick and injured can benefit from understanding what emergency care looked like before the specialty was started, and why it's so important we continue doing this work.