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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is a hardbound text describing the rationale and technique of monitoring in the critically ill patient.
Purpose: Provided is a comprehensive compendium of the state of knowledge regarding monitoring in the intensive care unit.
Audience: Practitioners at all levels working in the ICU may benefit from this work. The frame of reference is that of the internist, but the principles included here are applicable to all subspecialties. The editors and authors are international authorities in cardiopulmonary critical care.
Features: Approximately 90 chapters and 1500 pages are included in this text. Introductory sections describe principles of monitors of various types. The bulk of this work focuses on respiratory and cardiovascular monitoring. The final third of the text describes monitoring issues in the central nervous system and specific patient groups. Legal issues, ethics, and the use of computerized data systems conclude the technical content. Chapters begin with a word outline. Sections are easily identified by size of type. Black-and-white illustrations are plentiful, as are references dating to within two years of publication. The only color illustrations are a collection of Doppler studies. The table of contents includes chapter title and authors. Chapters are grouped into general subject headings. The book concludes with a detailed index with separate citations for tables and figures.
Assessment: This book is the most comprehensive approach to a difficult subject attempted in recent years. Clearly, the strength of this work is cardiopulmonary monitoring as reflected by the participating group of authors. This is a valuable addition to the reference shelf of anyone placing a significant amount of effort in the area of critical care.