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From The CriticsReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This monograph describing recent developments in mechanical ventilation with emphasis on separation of patients from this therapy is volume 36 in the Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine.
Purpose: Provided is a compact book focused on new and difficult problems seen in the patient receiving support with mechanical ventilation including patient-ventilator interaction, noninvasive ventilation, and weaning.
Audience: The senior trainee or fellow as well as the attending intensivist is an appropriate audience for this work. Editors and authors represent an international cast with acknowledged expertise in the subjects discussed.
Features: The book is divided into 26 chapters. Early chapters describe traditional and new modes of mechanical ventilation. Later chapters emphasize specific clinical problems including the patient with distress during mechanical ventilation, problems and strategies for optimal weaning and the use of noninvasive ventilation. Chapters are clearly written and contain an ample number of references. References date to within two years of publication and represent seminal work. There are no illustrations apart from occasional black-and-white line drawings and graphic presentation of data. Where visual aids are employed, good reproduction is noted. A table of contents lists chapters by title and author. The subject index of five pages is sufficient to allow identification and location of major topics.
Assessment: This is an excellent update addressing common problems associated with a defining therapy in critical care. This is not a comprehensive work. For a broader, general discussion of mechanical ventilation, major texts in this field must be consulted.