Description: This is the first edition of a review book based on Principles of Critical Care, 3rd edition (McGraw Hill, 2005).
Purpose: Essential information from the parent text is provided in a bulleted format.
Audience: Junior practitioners requiring quick information on a critical care problem may find this work useful. The editors are from the successful parent text and chapter authors are residents, fellows, and junior faculty most of whom are from the University of Chicago.
Features: Chapter and section organization is designed to parallel the parent text with initial chapters on general patient management followed by cardiopulmonary and other organ system considerations. Later sections review surgical topics, toxicology, procedures, and administrative concerns. The chapters are organized around short paragraphs and bullet points. Tables and line drawings are used to good effect, but radiographs are of inconsistent quality. Each chapter contains a brief bibliography, and essentially all of the references have publication dates prior to the 2005 publication date of the parent text. Occasional references are made to more recent primary sources and websites, but many chapters simply cite the corresponding material in the parent text.
Assessment: This is an effective quick guide for ICU problems. Unfortunately, content and references have not been updated and most are at least five years old. There are occasional editing inconsistencies in the references and text. This is an introductory "quick read" to be followed by more current primary and secondary sources.