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ACLS 2011 Pocket Brain Book (4th Edition) 4th Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1930553088
ISBN-10: 1930553080
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About the Author

Ken Grauer, MD (Professor Emeritus in Family Medicine; College of Medicine, University of Florida) has taught ECG/Arrhythmia Interpretation and ACLS for over 3 decades. Author of more than 10 books (which have sold half a million copies) - he is a nationally known family physician educator whose medical passion is cardiology. His trademark has been the ability to simplify otherwise complicated topics into a concise practical, easy-to-remember format. Having retired his 30-year academic position in July, 2010 - he is now taking his writing and development of educational pdf and on-line cardiology teaching materials to a new level. In addition to his ECG and ACLS Pocket Brain book series, he has developed self-instructional PDF files, an internet ECG Competency Assessment Tool - and On-Line/ePub applications for use on computer and smart phones. The sky is the limit!


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 101 pages
  • Publisher: KG/EKG Press; 4th Edition edition (April 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930553080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930553088
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.2 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

KEN GRAUER, MD is Professor Emeritus (Dept. Community Health/Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Florida in Gainesville). Dr. Grauer has been a leading family physician educator for over 30 years. During that time he has published (as principal author) more than 15 books and numerous study aids on the topics of ECG interpretation, cardiac arrhythmias, and ACLS. Dr. Grauer retired from practice in 2010 -- however, he remains extremely active writing ECG/Arrhythmia books -- making ECG videos -- and actively participating in numerous on-line ECG teaching forums.

-- In 2014, he published, "A 1st Book on ECGs-2014". This is an introductory book for beginning students in ANY medical field. The book is 118 pages -- it is ALL in COLOR -- and it serves as an excellent START for introducing the reader into the world of ECG interpretation (Sample pages available on amazon -- An expanded ePub version is now available.

-- His most complete ECG book = ECG-2014-ePub. The hard copy book version is more concise, consisting of 260 pages (pocket sized/spiral binding for easy reference --

-- Regarding ACLS/Arrhythmia Material -- Dr. Grauer published 3 books in 2013: ACLS-2013-Pocket Brain -- ACLS: Practice Code Scenarios-2013 -- and the full-sized ACLS-2013-Arrhythmias Expanded Version (285 pages). E-Pubs are available for all ACLS titles (for nook-kindle-ibooks).

Please check out these FREE on-line Resources:
-- Educational ECG BLOG ( Clicking on the INDEX Tab (in the upper right of each blog page) takes you to detailed contents of all material.
-- Video ECGs ( -- including MANY hours of meticulously-made video narrations on topics such as Bundle Branch Block; AV Blocks; Arrhythmia Diagnosis and Arrhythmia Management. Many more videos are planned in the future -- so stay tuned!

For those who teach ECG Interpretration -- Please check out:
-- ECG Competency ( -- and --

-- Dr. Grauer's perspective as a Board Certified family physician educator and clinician with expertise in cardiology is truly unique. His books have been translated into 4 languages and have sold over 500,000 copies nationwide and internationally.

-- Principal Author of more than 75 scientific articles pertaining to cardiology or ACLS topics for family physicians.
-- Presenter at well over 300 major Conferences over the past 35 years on various cardiology topics for family physicians, nurses, and other primary care providers -- including numerous keynote speaker invitations at national meetings.
-- Featured Speaker on over 40 medical videos / audiocassettes produced by the AAFP or Audio-Digest.
-- Author of ECG Review columns that have been published monthly in various family practice journals since 1983.

-- Longterm service on Editorial Boards and as reviewer of medical books/articles for many primary care journals.
-- Recipient of numerous Awards for teaching excellence on a local, statewide and national level -- including 3-time Residency Teacher of the Year; recipient of the Superior Accomplishment Award and TIP Award from UF (one of two physicians to first receive this latter award); 1st recipient of the FAFP Educator of the Year Award (in 1993); 1st Recipient of the national AAFP Exemplary Teaching Award for full-time faculty (in 1997); Charter Member of the Society of Teaching Scholars at UF College of Medicine; and Exemplary Teacher, UFCOM in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

-- Presenter of numerous national ECG Workshops (including Advanced ECG Interpretation at the AAFP Scientific Assembly for 18 consecutive years in the past), and previous longterm teacher of the ECG Review for AAFP Board Review Courses.
-- Former ACLS State and National Affiliate Faculty. Dr. Grauer taught in well over 100 ACLS Provider Coures and has had a major role in developing the curriculum and teaching at numerous ACLS Instructor Courses over the years. He is a former member of the AHA Task Force for ACLS Testing, and a contributor in the past to the AHA ACLS Textbook.

-- Language facility (comfortably conversational in French and Spanish; learning German; some knowledge of Italian, Hebrew ...).
-- Outside interests: Travel and Dance (all ballroom, Argentine tango) which he enjoys with his wife, and watching his 2 adorable grandchildren growing up.

Customer Reviews

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K Gail on June 26, 2011
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I love Dr. Grauer's "ACLS-2011 Pocket Brain". It provides an excellent update on the new guidelines along with a commentary on the changes and how they may impact care. It is amazingly thorough yet concise. The rapid find table of contents and easy-linking of specific topics make it very user-friendly. I have been a cardiac nurse for 25 years and have consistently used Dr. Grauer's EKG and ACLS books as resources and have found them to be invaluable. Kudos to Dr. Grauer for providing another excellent resource. I hghly recommend "ACLS-2011 Pocket Brain".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By docman on October 27, 2012
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This review is for the BRAND NEW 5th Edition just released, ACLS-2013-PB (Pocket Brain).

First let me tell you that it is hard to please a Cardiologist with an ACLS book. You all know how picky we are when it comes to minute details that are needed to make a book an excellent resource. This book does exactly that. It is a great resource, and despite being in the field of Cardiology I learned much from this book.

It is easy to provide guideline flow charts for memorization. What Dr. Grauer does in ACLS-2013-PB, is to go beyond guidelines. In his unique style of teaching - he makes things so simple that it becomes far easier to remember. When extra information and further knowledge or treatment guidelines are sought - he provides this too with a Beyond-the-Textbook section following each algorithm.

This review is for the BRAND NEW 5th Edition just released, ACLS-2013-PB (Pocket Brain).

I strongly believe that this book will be interesting and informative for ALL level providers - including EMS personnel, nurses, physician assistants, internal medicine and family medicine residents in training, and even cardiologists as well. A final bonus - this new 5th (2013) edition is spiral-bound, which makes it easy to flip pages. Together with the well organized index - content is rapidly found.

If all you are looking for is to see what the ACLS guidelines say - then you can easily find this on the internet at ACC/AHA websites. That said - the way guidelines are stated can at times be confusing. This book breaks down current ACLS Guidelines into user-friendly format that is readily learnable. It also explains why you do things the way you do during resuscitation.

In Summary - I have not seen such a great book written on ACLS in a long time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Sweet on September 16, 2011
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My rating, is a strong 4, excellent for target audience, a great service to us all ranging from 1' care to the specialties. As a flight surgeon I find it highly portable and concise. Dr Grauer has made it a good size for lab coat, maybe a larger version too for desktop for a comparable price.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ankur on May 3, 2011
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PLEASE NOTE: In May, 2011 - I reviewed the 4th Edition of the ACLS Pocket Brain. I have now had the privilege of reading and reviewing the brand new 5th edition that has just come out = ACLS-2013-PB.

This new 5th edition has been greatly improved from the 4th edition (= ACLS-2011-PB). Its content has been expanded and updated. It covers all you need to know for ACLS certification and goes well beyond. This book is all in one and stands alone. It teaches from basics to expert level. It prepares you well for handling code situations confidently. The new spiral binding makes it easy to use and readily allows carrying in your pocket. I highly recommend this book over other ACLS reviews.

Ankur Jain, MD (11/13/2012)
Internal Medicine Resident
College of Medicine, University of Florida
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By craig hakl on September 3, 2013
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good value, quick shipping...great time saver by not having to go to the trad. brick and mortars...just what the doctor ordered.
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