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From The CriticsReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the second edition of a softbound text book of adult critical care.
Purpose: Provided is a generic description of critical care issues crossing specialty and subspecialty lines. The first edition of this work has been a popular tool for medical students and junior house officers.
Audience: The junior house officer and student may benefit from this work. This book differs from others because it is written by a single author. The author is a intensive care educator from the University of Pennsylvania.
Features: Fifty chapters in nearly 900 pages comprise the second edition of this work, making it far longer than the first edition, published in 1990. Chapters are written in a brief, readable style with important ideas indicated by texture of type and generous use of subheadings, tables, and graphics. Occasional radiographs are also presented, which reproduce adequately. References are divided according to general or classic works followed by more recent work arranged to correspond to subjects. References date to within 2 years of book release and 3 years of the publication date and represent valuable overviews or original work. Illustrations are provided in black-and-white with good reproduction quality; there are only occasional typographic errors. Content begins with cardiopulmonary issues and concludes with infectious disease, fluid and electrolyte disorders, nutrition, and neurologic concerns. The table of contents contains only chapter title and subject grouping. A detailed index of approximately 50 pages is provided, which includes separate citations for tables.
Assessment: Dr. Marino continues the highly successful format begun in the first edition of his book. This version of The ICU Book has been rewritten and significantly expanded to reflect recent thinking in critical care. As is clearly stated in the preface, the reader needing information specific to subspecialty concerns, such as obstetric problems, for example, will need to seek other sources.