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Emergency medical services at the crossroads / Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System, Board on Health Care Services.
p. ; cm. — (Future of emergency care series)
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-10174-5 (hardback)
ISBN-10: 0-309-10174-3 (hardback)
1. Emergency medical services. 2. Disaster medicine. I. Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System. II. Series.
[DNLM: 1. Emergency Medical Services—United States. 2. Emergency Medical Services—trends—United States. 3. Emergency Treatment—United States. 4. Health Care Reform—United States. WX 215 E53509 2007]
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