You're a doctor 11 hours into your shift, and you've just walked into a waiting area packed with patients. There's an elderly man complaining of chest pain, a teenage girl whose arms are swollen with bee stings, and an ambulance bringing in two unresponsive kids from a car crash. What do you do next?
In Dr. Benaroch's 24 lectures, experience for yourself the high-stakes drama and medical insights of life in an everyday emergency department: the most intense department in any hospital and home to the kind of split-second decision making, troubleshooting, and detective work that can make the difference between a patient's life and death.
Every lecture brings you up close and personal with the common and uncommon medical crises that emergency doctors encounter throughout their careers. As you shadow Dr. Benaroch on his shifts and sometimes even venture off-site, you'll encounter patients coming in with a variety of symptoms and complaints - some of which are easily diagnosed and treated and some of which are more life-threatening than they first appear. At the heart of each case are powerful examples of:

How emergency doctors think on their feet
How emergency doctors determine what's really wrong with a patient
How emergency doctors rule in - or out - certain diagnoses
How emergency doctors counsel patients and families on improving health

This is your opportunity to explore the adventure, mystery, and fascination of emergency medicine - and to discover why it's one of the most exciting and rewarding branches of medicine to work in.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By Camilla on 12-09-17

Not for medical professionals

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I am a nurse, and bought this thinking I might learn a few little bits without having to put must effort into learning....
I found this course very basic, I appreciate it is for everyone, and it was very interesting to compare the American hospital systems to the NHS, but it did find it rather basic.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More aimed towards medical professionals.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kigelia on 12-09-17


A good series of lectures on medical emergency. Whilst not aimed at existing medical professionals there were some useful snippets there that I found useful.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Norman B. Bernstein on 27-11-15

If you're into this sort of thing....

I have always been interested in medicine, and perhaps regret that I chose engineering instead, as a professional discipline. I especially enjoy medical 'reality' shows, such as recent ones on the Discovery channel which videotape doctors in emergency rooms. I often feel that I've learned enough from shows like that to actually be useful in an emergency situation.

If you're like me, than this edition of the book series 'The Great Courses', is simply superb. Roy Benaroch is excellent in conveying the fundamentals of emergency medicine, in a way which teaches and explains, to the layman, what emergency medicine is all about.

The chapters are taught in something of the manner of 'grand rounds' in a hospital; the story starts with a description of the patient, the 'present history of the illness' (i.e., the 'tale' of the patient in describing the symptoms and circumstances), and then proceeds to use tests and examinations to eventually reveal a diagnosis. Along the way, Benaroch reinforces the fundamentals of the proper approach to examination, diagnosis, and treatment.

Perhaps this is a book with very limited appeal... but if you have ever been interested in how emergency medicine works, you'll find this an absorbing and informative listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mom/RN on 29-12-15

mesmerizing like a soap opera

I am a nursing student and this course was a great overvuew of a myriad of conditions that are commonly faced in healthcare. The professor does an eccellent job of stopping to define uncommon terms and of giving wellthought out alternatives to his conclusions. Loved it!!

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