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From The CriticsReviewer: David J. Dries, MD(University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the first edition of a softbound collection of briefly presented critical care cases.
Purpose: Provided is a collection of clinical scenarios, each discussed by an expert with provision of selected references.
Audience: The critical care teacher and student may benefit from this work. Editors and authors represent multidisciplinary intensivists from the United Kingdom.
Features: Approximately 50 cases are described in nine parts of this volume. Cases are divided in the table of contents by organ system. In addition, specific emphasis is paid to obstetric and pediatric problems, withdrawal of therapy, common infectious problems in the intensive care unit, and trauma. Each case begins with a succinct discussion of the clinical situation. Laboratory data, radiographic findings, and electrocardiographic data are presented in rows and columns of free text. There are no illustrations. Each case presentation is closed with a small number of references from key journals. References date to within one year of publication and represent original work. This case collection concludes with an index allowing access to the content of this handbook.
Assessment: The teacher and student in critical care medicine may benefit from this pocket-sized handbook. The former will find a stimulus for bedside discussion. The latter will find a quick introduction to a wide variety of intensive care unit issues.