Testimonials – Bouncebacks (the original)

Praise for Bouncebacks! (the original)

The cases are lucid and lively; even the drawings that accompany them give the patient a presence on the page. The legal analysis by Dr. Henry is… reflective of how an experienced medical-legal consultant dissects the strengths and weaknesses of cases… I would recommend this book for both residents and practicing physicians.

Book review, Annals of Emergency Medicine 2007

David Sklar, MD

Just as when attending an M&M conference, I read these cases with trepidation, trying to predict what unfortunate outcome was in store. I enjoyed trying to figure out the cases…and I especially appreciated Dr. Henry’s commentaries. We are always looking for cases with good educational content for our own M&M conferences, and the cases in Bouncebacks! certainly fit the bill.

Book review, Academic Emergency Medicine, 2007

Jeffrey R. Suchard, MD


This is a wonderful book… I would recommend it to any medical professional… from medical students to seasoned attendings.

Book review, Doody’s, 2007

Flora Jeanne Waples, MS, MA, MD

Innovative approach to a common hi-risk encounter in the ED, with pithy perceptive comments from the incomparable Dr. Henry, and analysis with recommendations from seasoned respected emergency physicians – this book is a valuable tool to improve patient care and reduce litigation for all emergency care providers.
Robert A. Bitterman, MD JD FACEP
Vice-Chairman, Board of Governors, Emergency Physician Insurance Co., Auburn, CA.
President, Bitterman Healthlaw Consulting Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC.
Member, ACEP Medical-Legal Committee
Chairman, ACEP EMTALA Task Force
Editorial boards of the Managed Care Emergency Department and the Emergency Department Legal Letter
Author, EMTALA: Providing Emergency Care Under Federal Law

Case based teaching can be very effective — particularly when the cases are ones where something went wrong!  The cases in this book range from the obvious to the subtle to the extraordinarily unusual just like they do in real life.  Many of them bring up important topics that we all need to think about.  While the teaching value of the topic discussions, written by multiple authors, is not surprisingly a bit varied, a very welcome (and delightful) constant is the thoughtful, informed and literate commentaries (on all the cases) by the inimitable Greg Henry.

Jerry Hoffman, MD, FACEP

Professor of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, UCLA

Associate Editor, Emergency Medical Abstracts

ACEP award for outstanding contribution in education, 1996

ACEP Peter Rosen award 2003

Overall it’s a fun and easy read, with many cases that are fairly certain to make their way into residency M&M’s and real life practice. We will be looking at this in our Education committee for possible opportunities to incorporate into our EMR1 curriculum.

Carey Chisholm, MD, FACEP

Director, IU-Methodist Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine

Associate editor, Academic Emergency Medicine editorial board

Immediate Past president, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)

One of the problems with the lifetime practice of EM and primary care is that so much of what’s wrong coming through the door is obvious.  The trouble with the narcotizing effect of obvious is that it is only accurate 99% of the time.  Drs. Weinstock, Longstreth and Henry’s Bouncebacks provides the two things we need to outwit ‘obvious’ – an ever present sense of what can go wrong and a high index of suspicion for things being not as they first appear.  This book is a must read for every emergency and primary care physician. 

Ronald A. Hellstern, M.D.

Board Examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine

Recipient of James D. Mills Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Emergency Medicine,

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), 1992

Member, ACEP Emergency Medicine Practice Committee

Past president, Texas ACEP

This book concentrates years of experience into a single volume.  Every experienced physician will reflect, “There but for the grace of God go I,” or even, “Yep, I’ve seen that one.”  These cases are bread-and-butter, core to the practice of EM.  I wouldn’t hire anyone who hasn’t been through these lessons, and I believe every resident and junior faculty must know the lessons of this text.  The fast feedback, M& M-style is familiar, the feel is ‘real-ED’, the cases hit close to home; these lessons must be known to be a skilled specialist in emergency care.  These mistakes, observations, facts and lessons MUST be embedding into every EM physician.
James G. Adams, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University , Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Senior Associate Editor, Academic Emergency Medicine (Journal)

This book is a must read for any clinical emergency physician.
J. Brian Hancock, MD, FACEP

Associate clinical professor in emergency medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Past president, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), 2004

An ambitious goal, accomplished.  This thoughtfully organized, highly educational case study manual successfully teaches while entertaining…a rare achievement.

“Bounce Backs” begins each chapter with a real patient case as it actually presented.  The reader is given all information that is obtained.  Then we are left to consider if and how we might have approached the patient differently…anticipating an outcome (Bounce Backs) that will necessitate additional care. 

We are next engaged by the always delightfully entertaining and insightful Greg Henry.  He, without foreknowledge, predicts what might go wrong, while scoring the patient management and case risk.  Dr. Henry occasionally exhorts us with Shakespeare, while at other times, just “down-home” good sense.

The course of each patient’s illness is provided, sometimes with a relatively benign outcome, other times with a devastating result.  Always, we the readers are able to say, “Yes, this could have been considered and dealt with more effectively.” 

Just when our appetite to know more is whetted, we are sated with the case discussion.  The final section of each case contains a consistently organized discussion of each diagnosis.  Accomplished guest reviewers treat us with the presentation, management, the teaching points and a germane list of references. 

Let us learn from the mistakes of others.  “Bounce Backs” can be used effectively by all students of emergency medicine, beginners and veterans alike.  At my hospital, we have begun using it, a case at a time, for regular educational in-services to members of our ED team, as well as discussions for our department meetings.  This is a book that will be dog-eared.

Robert Strauss Jr., MD, FACEP

Associate Chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Saint Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

ACEP Award for Outstanding Contribution in Education, 1999

Co-author, Emergency Department Management: Principles and Applications


In my view, there are three main factors to assure excellence in emergency medicine – qualified physicians working in fair practice environments and committed to lifelong education. The authors have done a remarkable job assisting us with the later by organizing a wealth of didactic information in a manner that makes logical sense to practicing emergency physicians.  They elegantly demonstrate how to really close-the-loop on proper management and supportive documentation so that patient safety is optimized.  Congratulations on a job well done!
Tom Scaletta, MD FAAEM
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rush Medical College

President, American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM)

Author: ‘Emergent Management of Trauma’ and ‘Bioterrorism On Hand’

Editor of ‘Rules of the Road for Emergency Medicine Residents and Graduates’

Bouncebacks!  Emergency Department Cases: ED Returns – an exception to the rule that medical books are boring.  This book is an entertaining and informative page-turner – easy reading that informs.  The cases are interesting cases that most of us can relate to from our own practices.  The commentaries by Dr. Henry are entertaining and informative, as usual!  The experts’ reviews are well-written and informative.  A great read!

Catherine A.  Marco, MD, FACEP
Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, Medical  University of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio
Attending Physician, St. Vincent Mercy  Medical Center

President elect, Ohio chapter American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

Board of Directors, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)

Associate editor, Academic Emergency Medicine (journal)

I just completed reading the book. Outstanding idea, structure, easy to read, and most valuable discussion for every chapter on very important topics and challenging or common diagnosis. I also got to see outstanding management strategies described by many specialty leaders, colleagues and friends.

I had a hard time putting the book down, once I started reading the first 2-3 cases. Within 4 hours, I had already gone through 20 of the 30 cases. I simply enjoyed reading it and experiencing what was being
reported as if these were my cases in the ED.

Thank you Mike and Ryan for a great book and product. This will be of great use to so many of our emergency physicians in the trenches of our ED.

Antoine Kazzi, MD, FAAEM
 Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California, Irvine
Chief of Service & Medical Director, Emergency Medicine, The American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Immediate Past President, American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM)
Chief editor, AAEM’s “Rules of the road for Medical Students”

Bouncebacks! reaffirms the fact that a medical text need not be dull to deeply inform the reader.  Its format allows us the pleasure of reaching our own conclusions before learning the outcome.  The learning ante is raised even higher because we also get to measure our thinking against that of Dr. Greg Henry, who makes witty and brilliant comments on each case before knowing the ultimate outcome himself.  Each situation is then capped by an in-depth, topic-based discussion written by emergency physicians clearly chosen as much for their writing skills as their academic reputations and expertise.  I love this book and copies will be   given to each member of my group.  Bravo to Boucebacks!  Let other specialties envy and emulate.

Frank J. Edwards, MD, FACEP

Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities, University of Rochester, NY

Author, M&M files: Morbidity and Mortality Rounds in Emergency Medicine

President, Delphi Emergency Physicians, LLC

Dr Weinstock and Dr Longstreth hit a homerun! Read these cases! Greg Henry is right on point as only he can be. The cases presented scream with pathology. Reaffirms “salute the red flags”. Let’s learn from our colleagues and keep the lawyers at bay…
Alan R. Grillo MD
Medical DirectorEmergency Department Spectrum Health Reed City, Michigan

Bouncebacks is an exceptional book and is a must read for all emergency care providers.  Greg Henry’s comments are priceless and really help in remembering the pearls of each case.  The case discussions are very thorough and up-to-date, yet concise and easy to read.  I would love to see more cases and look forward to the next edition!

Ghazala Q. Sharieff, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAAP

Associate Clinical Professor, Children’s Hospital and Health Center/University of California, San Diego
Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Palomar-Pomerado Hospital/California Emergency Physicians, San Diego, CA.

American Academy Emergency Medicine (AAEM) Young Educator of the Year, 2003

Member, ACEP Pediatric Emergency Medicine Committee

Editorial Board, Journal of Emergency Medicine

Bouncebacks is a collection of interesting cases and even more interesting discussion. What is unique about this is that the cases range from the obvious to ones in which it would be highly unlikely that any emergency physician would make the diagnosis on first presentation. As anyone who reviews these cases, does quality assurance or participates in morbidity mortality conferences knows, it’s frequently the basics of emergency medicine that need adherence. The authors and commentators clearly present actions that are important in the workup, documentation, and follow-up of patients. Even more interesting is the sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle differences among the discussants. It highlights the disagreements that honest expert witnesses can have looking at the same set of facts. The reader will appreciate the clarity of the writing here and the diverse of ways in which common complaints can sometimes evolve into complex problems. This book is appropriate reading for all emergency physicians from residents to experienced clinicians.

Charles Emerman, MD
Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, The Cleveland Clinic
Professor and Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

ACEP award for outstanding contribution in research, 1998

“Learn from the mistakes of others in this lively and gripping set of emergency medicine cases gone awry. Greg Henry’s legendary razor-sharp insight is in top form.”
Steven M. Green, MD, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics
Loma Linda University Medical Center & Children’s Hospital
Loma Linda, California

The unique format and real-life presentations in Bouncebacks! Emergency Department Cases: ED Returns make it a pleasure to read, and outstandingly educational. Readers learn best when they can identify with a specific case or set of facts, and picture themselves “on the line.” The format of including discussion along the way, and after the fact keeps your interest, and the more academic discussion that follows has the perfect setting- the actual case at hand.  The academic discussions are concise and up to date. A great read for all Emergency and primary care physicians!
Neal Little, MD, FACEP

Clinical instructor, University of Michigan Medical School

Co-author, Neurologic Emergencies: A Symptom-Oriented Approach, 2nd Ed.

Co-presentor, Medical practice risk assessment: Continuing medical education for Emergency Physicians

The format of exploring all the management options including diagnostic studies and therapies is educational, current and comprehensive. Dr Henry’s comments provide expert insight, valuable lessons and a bit of humor. Weinstock and Longstreth have covered all of the diagnostics pitfalls and risks associated with Emergency Medicine. This is a valuable read for both the resident and the seasoned attending.
Michael Cetta, MD FACEP
Chief of Emergency Medicine, St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown MD

Member, ACEP Task Force on Health Care and the Uninsured

A helpful review of common problems and errors in emergency medicine. Use this book… you will see most of these troublesome cases during your career and you want to do them right the first time!

Stephen V. Cantrill, M.D./F.A.C.E.P.

Associate Director, Emergency Medicine

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine

Bouncebacks! Emergency Department Cases: ED Returns by Drs. Weinstock and Longstreth is a text unique to Emergency Medicine that reviews ED cases.  A verbatim case presentation is followed by an exciting and comprehensive analysis of the medical aspects of the case emphasizing practical teaching points.  The case is also associated with a brief medicolegal assessment of what went wrong or could have gone wrong with the case.  The cases are very representative and relevant to all practicing emergency physicians and the unique format makes for easy and enjoyable reading.  Compared to standard texts this is a breath of fresh air that is recommended to emergency physicians at both the resident and attending levels.

Adam J. Singer, MD, FACEP
Professor and Vice Chairman for Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stony Brook University and Medical Center

Associate Editor, Journal of Academic Emergency Medicine

Member, Scientific Review Committee, ACEP

Program Committee, SAEM

Author, Emergency Medicine Pearls and Lacerations and Acute Wounds: An Evidence-Based Guide


“An excellent book for both seasoned and novice emergency professionals. Bouncebacks combines the case presentation style of learning with the highly intuitive comments of Greg Henry. With just a bit of tongue in cheek humor, it is a fun as well as educational read. This book helps to remind us of not just how many but where the bear traps can be. It gives us clear understandable examples of ways we can better take care of both our patients and ourselves and heightens our awareness of medical liability issues and how to avoid them.
The appendix and overviews on EMTALA give concise critical information that many physicians and extenders need to know, but were never taught.”
I would recommend this  to all medical professionals.”
Joe Kaplan MD MS FACEP
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Medical Center of Central Georgia

“Insightful and practical. This book is a must read for anyone who practices emergency medicine. If we can learn from the mistakes of others, perhaps we can prevent some of our own in the future.”
Graham T. Billingham, MD, FACEP
Chairman, Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation
Founder and past medical director for The Center for Emergency Medical Education
Cofounder of the National Emergency Medicine Board Review Course


Reviews from specialists in Family Medicine:

This book is fascinating reading for the reflective physician. It has a compelling message about listening carefully and acting deliberately. Exposing the evolution of cases allows everyone the opportunity to find
quality improvement targets. Students will benefit by realizing that healthcare is a continuum that doesn’t end after each visit or hospitalization.

Edward T. Bope, MD , FAAFP

Director of the Family Practice Residency Program, Riverside Methodist Hospitals
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Editor, Conn’s Current Therapy, 2006, Saunder’s Review of Family Practice, and Family Practice Desk Reference

Past president, American Board of Family Practice

This book is a good review of difficult cases that are seen by emergency medicine physicians. It helps to remind us that we must know our differential diagnosis in order to focus our history, our physical exam, our diagnostic studies and our treatment plan appropriately for the undifferentiated patient.

Mary Jo Welker, MD

Chair and Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Associate Dean for Primary Care, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), 2002-2005

Reviews from members of the board of the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA):

“The first of its kind EM project, which highlights those cases that cause EM providers the most angst.  The case review format was easy to interpret, and will help guide my EM practice for years to come.  Your expert panel discusses the realm of issues surrounding each case, from the medical to the legal.  Looking forward to future editions.”
Brian McCambley, MS, PA-C

Board of directors, Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA)

Bouncebacks is an excellent book for reviewing cases. The format keeps it interesting. Dr. Henry’s comments as always are insightful and candid. The discussion is a complete review of each issue. The legal chapter is a great review for general risk management. An excellent resource for Emergency Physicians and PA’s. Also great review for discussions with students and residents.
Jeff Callard, PA-C
Vice president and member Executive Board of directors, Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA)