Description: This monograph describes an approach to the diagnosis and treatment of infection emphasizing the critical care setting.
Purpose: A contemporary review on infectious diseases of the critically ill is provided.
Audience: The fellow practitioner in critical care is an appropriate audience for this work. The authors represent intensivists from Western Europe. The senior author is an international authority in various aspects of critical care.
Features: The book's 13 chapters are divided into two general groups general strategies for addressing infection and its various presentations in the intensive care unit and specific system-based problems with infection and infectious complications of the injured or immunosuppressed patient. Chapters are clearly written and contain line drawings and good quality radiograph reproductions. Subjects are divided by texture of type and key points are listed at the conclusion of each chapter. An adequate reference list is provided with citations dating to one to two years of publication. The table of contents lists jsut the chapter titles while the index provides a listing of content including specific references to figures and tables.
Assessment: This book provides a worthy overview to an important clinical problem. As is noted in the foreword, the relevance of some topics discussed here will change rapidly as the database on critical care infections evolves. Finally, as the authors note in the preface, the approach outlined here reflects practice in the United Kingdom and Ireland. General principles, however, are well laid out and apply to adult intensive care units regardless of location.