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Life in Emergistan - New Ebook from the Pages of Emergency Medicine News

Collection of Columns by Dr. Edwin Leap; Share Your Story from Emergistan at ACEP 2014

​If you're a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional accustomed to the long hours and hectic pace of the emergency department, you have your stories to tell.  Edwin Leap, MD, award-winning columnist for  Emergency Medicine News, tells his stories in his new ebook, Life in Emergistan.  Emergency Medicine News is published by  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of  Wolters Kluwer Health.

Life in Emergistan is having its official premiere at the American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly in Chicago (ACEP 2014), where attendees are invited to share their own stories from the "psychotic, overwhelming, frantic, tragic Republic of Emergistan." Dr. Leap's latest book is now available at, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Dr. Leap Shares Humor, Inspiration, and Insight from the ED
The new ebook compiles 28 essays from the long-running "Second Opinion" column in Emergency Medicine News. The title is drawn from one of Dr. Leap's most popular columns, in which he introduced the "Republic of Emergistan," a place that will be intimately familiar to attendees of ACEP 2014.

"Emergistan is less a place than a state of mind," writes Dr. Leap.  It is "so unlike the rest of the human experience that many individuals find it difficult to believe the stories we bring back."  His essays are often funny, sometimes poignant, and occasionally indignant, but all are likely to stay with readers long after they have closed the book.

Dr. Leap is a member of Blue Ridge Emergency Physicians, an emergency physician at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, SC, a member of the board of directors for the South Carolina College of Emergency Physicians, and an op-ed columnist for the Greenville News.  He is also the author of three previous books, Working Knights, Cats Don't Hike, and The Practice Test, all available at, and of a blog,  Follow Dr. Leap on Twitter  @edwinleap, and read past columns at

"Many practitioners of emergency medicine have thought from time to time, 'I should write a book.'  Dr. Ed Leap has written enough about his professional world to fill more than one such book, and those who gaze from outside into the fishbowl that is our specialty's habitat will find his writing warm, witty, and insightful," said Robert C. Solomon, MD, author of the popular emergency medicine blog The Wisdom of Solomon (  "Those in the fishbowl with him will find resonance on every page and, as they read will be thinking, 'Darn!  I wish I could write like that.'"  Dr. Solomon is also core faculty in the emergency medicine residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Temple University School of Medicine.

Share Your 'Stories from Emergistan' at ACEP 2014
Emergency Medicine News is also the leading emergency medicine publication on Twitter ( @EMNews), with more than 10,000 followers, and is planning its second annual tweetup at #ACEP2014.  While in Chicago, be sure to stop by the Lippincott Williams & Wilkins/Wolters Kluwer Health booth in the Expo Hall.

The first 100 visitors who share their story about life in Emergistan will receive a print copy of Dr. Leap's new book.  Emergency Medicine News will video the stories and share them on the Emergency Medicine News  website.  The videos will also appear in the Emergency Medicine News  iPad app, the only emergency medicine publication app, with more than 14,500 downloads to date.

"We are delighted to launch the Life in Emergistan ebook in time for ACEP 2014," said Theresa Steltzer, Publishing Director at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.  "Ed Leap has been inspiring professionals for nearly 15 years with his ever-popular column in Emergency Medicine News, and this must-read compilation is no exception."

Published monthly, Emergency Medicine News has been the leading publication in emergency medicine for 20 years running, according to Kantar Media.  It has received multiple honors over the past years, including the APEX Grand Award for best publication 2011-13.

About Emergency Medicine News
The award-winning  Emergency Medicine News covers breaking news and trends in emergency medicine.  Written with the emergency physician's busy schedule in mind, readers get articles in an easy-to-read format that are informative and engaging. Each month, regular columns and special reports train a laser focus on the rapid developments happening at the forefront of emergency medicine. With renowned columnists such as James Roberts, MD, and Edwin Leap, MD, readers get authoritative perspectives they can't get elsewhere. Regular departments also include Toxicology Rounds, Quick Consult, Journal Scan, Diagnosis Deconstructed, Emergentology, The Speed of Sound, Doc APProvED, and At Your Defense, all written by renowned emergency physicians.

About Wolters Kluwer Health
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