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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, multinational textbook of critical care with accompanying Internet resources. The previous edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: Basic science and clinical applications are described for the care of critically ill patients.
Audience: Teachers and students of critical care are an appropriate audience for this work, which represents the leadership in critical care medicine.
Features: After initial chapters describe assessment of common problems such as hypertension, fever, hypoxemia, oliguria, and acid-base disorders, the book is divided by organ system, and the 200 chapters are grouped to include presenting problems and therapies. For example, the pulmonary chapters include respiratory disease and therapies including high frequency, noninvasive and conventional mechanical ventilation. Other chapter groups feature renal, infectious disease, cardiovascular, hematology, obstetrics, endocrine, and toxicology topics. Expanded coverage is provided for trauma and surgical concerns along with administrative considerations and end-of-life care. Chapters are clearly written with high-quality, color illustrations. Each chapter concludes with a brief annotated bibliography of summary papers. Reference lists are extensive and feature primary literature, the vast majority of which are found on the website accompanying the book. This website also includes 24 descriptive chapters and a small number of videos featuring procedures, including ultrasonography, central venous catheterization, ventricular-assist devices, feeding tube placement, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The table of contents provides chapter lists with authorship. A detailed subject index includes separate citations for figures and tables.
Assessment: This remains the leading comprehensive reference in this field. Content quality has been maintained while book size has been reduced by moving the references and procedure descriptions to the website. Web resources include a library of images from the book, with the option to download and reference links to Medline.