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- n. The branch of medicine that deals with evaluation and initial treatment of medical conditions caused by trauma or sudden illness.
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- n. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of trauma, injuries and other sudden illnesses
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- n. the branch of medicine concerned with the prompt diagnosis and treatment of injuries or trauma or sudden illness
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J. B. Orenstein practices emergency medicine in Maryland and writes for the Washington Post, McSweeney’s, and other fine publications.
Dr. David Lickerman, associate director of emergency medicine at Christian Hospitals in St. Louis, writes courses for doctors.
There is a well-known phrase in emergency medicine that I believe applies equally well to science: when you hear hoofbeats, look for horses, not zebras.