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takers, and lures them down the wrong path. Here, again, knowledge is your
friend. In this book, we include information about unusual problems to help
you hone in on the correct diagnosis and alert you when you are being led
astray. For example, strychnine causes muscle convulsions leading to asphyxia
two hours after ingestion and is therefore unlikely to be the right answer to
any question, but if you don’t know that, you might end up choosing it. Of
course, good foils sometimes are right answers; knowing the key information
covered by each question should help you tell the difference.

Finally, good luck and enjoy your time studying. There are few careers that
offer as much opportunity to positively impact the lives of others as that of the
emergency physician. The investment you make in yourself by studying will
make you a stronger test taker and a more competent emergency physician.


There are a number of excellent books that will help you prepare for the writ-
ten exam. They are listed below, along with sources of practice questions and
review courses you can take.

Books for Review

Harwood-Nuss A, Wolfson AB, Linden CH, et al, (Eds). Harwood-Nuss’
Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, 4th ed. New York: Lippincott
Williams & Wilkins; 2005.
Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM (Eds). Rosen’s Emergency Medicine Con-
cepts and Clinical Practice, 6th ed.St Louis, MO: Mosby; 2006.
Rivers C (Ed). Preparing for the Written Board Exam in Emergency Medicine,
5th ed. Milford, OH: EMEE, Inc.; 2006.
Tintinalli JE, Galen DK, Stapcyzinski JS. Emergency Medicine: A Compre-
hensive Study Guide, 6th ed.New York: McGraw-Hill; 2004.

Practice Questions

PEER VII: Physician’s Evaluation and Educational Review in Emergency
Medicine, 7th ed. Dallas, TX: American College of Emergency Physicians;
Pennsylvania Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians Written
Board Practice Examination. http://www.paacep.org.
Promes S. Emergency Medicine Examination and Board Review, 3rd ed.
New York: McGraw-Hill; 2005.


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