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"2 Minutes, 25 Seconds with...Brady Pregerson, M.D."

Emergency physician David B. ("Brady") Pregerson was in Cedars-Sinai's ER suturing a friend's hand one day when the idea of writing a self-help book first came to him. He explains how he became an author.

What was your inspiration?

A friend of mine cut his thumb washing a wine glass that shattered in his hand. While I was treating him, I mentioned that I had seen this injury so many times that I should write some type of injury prevention book. I ended up compiling a list of common -- but potentially dangerous -- reasons why people end up in the ER. That led to my first book, Don't Try This at Home: Lessons from the Emergency Department.

And the sequel, called Think Twice! More Lessons from the "ER"?

I gave the first safety book to all of the RNs in the ER. Afterward, nurses started giving me other suggestions on how to prevent accidents, based on their own experiences with patients. The sequel came out in 2004, and it describes simple things that people should keep in mind in order to avoid injuries and illnesses.

In addition, I've published three medical reference pocket books: Quick Essentials: Emergency Medicine, Side Kick: Emergency Medicine and A to Z Pocket Pharmacopoeia, which are based on my personal medical notes.

What is the strangest accident you've ever encountered?

I've worked in the ER for six years and there have been many strange incidents. One of the many that sticks out in my mind is a man who landed on top of his head after falling upside-down from an inversion bar. Strangely, his head was fine, but he broke his big toe.

Following are two of the more humorous excerpts from Think Twice! More Lessons from the "ER":

Think twice before you climb into second story windows.
Locking yourself out of your house or apartment is no fun, but think twice before you try a Spiderman impression. A long fall will only make your day worse. One of my patients could give you a firsthand account of a combination of factors that led to his downfall (literally). It was dark. He was drunk, not to mention overweight and out of shape. Finally, he was wearing flip-flops. This is not a good way to prepare yourself to scale a building.

Think twice about ceiling fans before you remove your shirt.
You may end up cutting yourself because the last move of removing a shirt usually has your hands up in the air.

For more information, you can reach Pregerson by e-mailing him at: bradysan@hotmail.com