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A Look Back While Moving Forward

doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000550380.93162.38
    emergency medicine photo essay
    emergency medicine photo essay:
    Wesley Curry, MD, and a nurse attending to an unconscious critical patient.

    These photographs were taken by Elsburgh Clarke, MD, an emergency physician and professional photographer who has been practicing for more than 40 years since completing his emergency medicine residency at LA County/USC Medical Center.

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    Figure:
    Irving Danesh, MD, left, Greg Murphy, MD, center, nurses, and respiratory therapists resuscitating an infant.
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    Figure:
    Ken Nakamoto, MD, in a lighter moment feeding his son who came to visit him the ED.
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    Figure:
    Dr. Elsburgh Clarke.
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    Figure:
    Irving Danesh, MD, performing a post-mortem closure after an unsuccessful thoracotomy for a victim of urban violence.

    These were taken when emergency medicine was still a pup, so to speak, a nascent specialty struggling to prove its worth. The images and many others are now in a new book, Emergency Medicine—Pomona Valley Medical Center Emergency Department: A Historical Snapshot of Emergency Medicine, showing what life was like in the mid-1990s in one California emergency department and level II trauma center.

    The book is a slice of history that shows how emergency physicians and nurses dealt with major trauma and critical patients back in the early days of emergency medicine. It and Dr. Clarke's other books of photography are available at http://bit.ly/2OEBaUE.

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