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Books, Journals, New Media
January 28, 2004

Critical Care

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(4):498-499. doi:10.1001/jama.291.4.498

The field of intensive care and the evidence with which it is practiced have matured greatly over the past decade. As a result of advances in technology and the aging of our population, those who care for critically ill patients are faced with the increasingly challenging job of staying current on the depth and breadth of intensive care. At present, intensive care unit (ICU) costs account for approximately 1% of the US gross domestic product,1 and up to 2.5 million people are admitted to ICUs yearly for mechanical ventilation.2 It is imperative that intensivists have a comprehensive yet readable and up-to-date textbook for the ICU.

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