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From The CriticsReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a question and answer book designed to review common critical care topics.
Purpose: Authors pose key questions in critical care and formulate answers to allow practitioners to identify effective solutions to patient problems.
Audience: Students, residents, and fellows are an appropriate audience for this work, which originates from academic institutions in North America.
Features: The 92 chapters are organized into 20 sections, beginning with basic life support and cardiopulmonary concerns. Infection, renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, trauma and emergency medicine concerns are also represented. Concluding chapters summarize ethical considerations and administrative advances including key papers in evidence-based critical care. Chapters are organized as groups of questions and divided into small topics so that they can easily be read. Presentations are clear and tables and shading are used to highlight important points. The table of contents divides chapters into subheadings while an index of over 30 pages gives excellent access to content. This edition provides a greater number of references than the previous edition, all dating to within two years of publication.
Assessment: This fourth edition is effectively updated from previous editions. Succinct, useful answers are provided for common questions in multidisciplinary critical care. The authors begin to assemble references important in the recent move into evidence-based approaches to critical care and provide some web sites where additional data can be obtained. Although this is not an overview text, it does provide an effective introduction for trainees.