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Book and Media Reviews
November 7, 2012

Pediatric Critical Care Study Guide: Text and Review

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

Author Affiliations: Division of Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Drs Riley and Wheeler) and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (Dr Wheeler), Cincinnati, Ohio (

JAMA. 2012;308(17):1813. doi:10.1001/jama.308.17.1813-a

Providing care to critically ill children is a privilege that comes with profound responsibility. Pediatric critical care medicine demands a great deal from those who are blessed to practice it. The field is multidisciplinary by nature, and practitioners require a wide fund of knowledge across many different organ-based subspecialties. Acquiring and maintaining such a broad fund of knowledge and mastering the fundamentals of the practice of this specialty can be a challenge.

Pediatric Critical Care Study Guide: Text and Review provides an important and practical resource not only for individuals training to become pediatric intensivists but also for seasoned experts who may be looking for a quick refresher or update. Although many available textbooks can serve as primary references for pediatric critical care medicine, this particular textbook serves a different and complementary purpose. The book distills and presents the essentials of the practice of pediatric critical care medicine in approachable ways and in digestible portions that together provide a solid foundation for the mastery of fundamentals.

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