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From The CriticsReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the fifth edition of a broad-based outline presentation of multidisciplinary critical care medicine.
Purpose: A review of adult critical care is provided.
Audience: Fellows seeking a teaching aid and residents and students needing an effective overview are an appropriate audience for this work.
Features: After a review of common practices in critical care, including cardiopulmonary support, ultrasound, mechanical ventilation, fluids, and infectious disease, disease-specific considerations are discussed. Concluding chapters briefly review care of the transplant patient and other special groups including burns, obstetrics, and neurologic trauma. Chapters are written in outline format and make good use of tables to summarize important data. Occasional line drawings reproduce with adequate quality. Radiographs have adequate though not outstanding resolution. Each of the 44 chapters contains a reference list citing key reviews or guidelines that date to within two years of publication. The table of contents lists chapters and authors while the subject index includes separate citations for figures and tables. A 50-page supplemental drug appendix includes a large number of critical care agents and summarizes indications, dosing, and specific concerns regarding use of the agent.
Assessment: This edition builds on the solid foundation of previous editions and remains one of the top works of its kind. Text and references have been appropriately updated. Where residents are chapter authors, they are typically paired with a more senior faculty member.