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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This book reproduces the opening chapters of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence by the same authors (Springer, 2007).
Purpose: Evolution of pediatric critical care programs and outcome issues are emphasized in this softcover book.
Audience: Fellows and/or practitioners treating pediatric critical illness are an appropriate audience for this work, produced by faculty from leading pediatric hospitals in the United States.
Features: Initial chapters review the history of pediatric critical care, highlighting major contributors. Later chapters review ethical and administrative issues along with personnel considerations specific to children's units. Concluding chapters discuss some of the basic science specific to critical care at any age with reviews of cytokines, signal transduction, ischemia-reperfusion and molecular biology. Chapters are clearly written and contain excellent line drawings while making good use of tables. Black-and-white photographs are of lesser quality. Chapters have excellent reference lists, with citations dating to within 3 to 4 years of publication.
Assessment: This is a good read on the history and biology of the field.