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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This softcover book contains 12 chapters from an earlier comprehensive work, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence, by the same authors (Springer, 2007).
Purpose: The basic science and clinical considerations of the pediatric patient with central nervous system illness in the intensive care unit are discussed.
Audience: Senior practitioners and fellows treating pediatric critical illness are an appropriate audience for this work, which emanates from leading pediatric hospitals in North America.
Features: After a discussion of monitoring and basic science considerations in pediatric critical care neurology, central nervous system tumors, trauma, and infectious disease are covered. Metabolic and infectious problems particular to the young patient receive additional emphasis. Chapters are clearly written and are enhanced by high quality black-and-white illustrations, but the black-and-white photographs reproduce with inconsistent quality. Chapters include large reference lists but citations, for the most part, originate at least 3 to 5 years prior to publication. The table of contents lists chapters and specific authorship while the book is closed by a simple subject index providing adequate access to content.
Assessment: This book suffers from the lack of overview chapters provided in the other softcover books in this collection. Presentations are well written, but additional emphasis could be given to trauma, a leading cause of death in the child.