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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the 2005 edition of a series of updates in critical care published by Springer.
Purpose: Overviews in common subject areas in critical care are provided. Each comes with a bibliography of important literature.
Audience: Practitioners wishing a refresher in an area outside routine practice and fellows or other senior trainees are an appropriate audience for this work. The editor and authors represent international authorities working at the cutting edge of this field.
Features: The 64 chapters are divided by type of content with reviews on basic science applications and more direct application of critical care physiology to the management of patients with specific problems. Cardiopulmonary physiology is emphasized with groups of chapters covering respiratory failure, acute lung injury, circulatory shock, resuscitation, blood transfusion, microvascular physiology and more general cardiorespiratory monitoring techniques. Sepsis also figures prominently and several chapters on ICU quality conclude. Individual presentations are well written and illustrated. Tables and line drawings are used frequently. The occasional black-and-white photographs are of good quality. A reference list of original work accompanies each chapter. References date to within a year of publication. The table of contents groups chapters by type of content while a subject index of approximately 10 pages provides adequate access to content.
Assessment: This is an excellent complement to a standard critical care text. Fast breaking developments in important clinical areas are reviewed with effective citation of current literature.