Description: This collection of cases is a description of important clinical problems in cardiopulmonary critical care.
Purpose: A group of case summaries illustrative of critical chest problems is provided. Presentations are developed to cultivate acute recognition and optimal response by the audience.
Audience: Teachers and students of cardiopulmonary critical care may benefit from this work. The editors are experienced intensivists from major medical centers in Houston.
Features: Approximately thirty brief case reviews are included in the 120 pages of this text. A brief subject index follows the reviews. The table of contents lists cases only by a phrase describing the presenting problem. Cases are presented without a particular order. Occasional black-and-white illustrations of thoracic radiographs are provided; these reproduce with marginal quality. Cases are followed by a short list of pertinent readings; these readings date to within one year of publication. A summary of clinical points to remember from each case is also given.
Assessment: This is a concise, engaging description of important critical care problems. Discussions and presentations are well directed; these presentations may allow broader discussion of a variety of clinical issues. I am frustrated by the fact that case content is not described in the table of contents; I am unable to optimally direct my use of this book. Nonetheless, these cases may be used independently by the student or as a discussion prompted by the teacher of critical care.