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June 19, 1972

Care of the Surgical Cardiopulmonary Patient

Author Affiliations

George Washington University Washington, DC


edited by William E. Neville, 313 pp, with illus, $17.50, Year Book Medical Publishers, 1971.

JAMA. 1972;220(12):1621. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200120069037

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This book deals with the prevention, recognition, and management of problems which may occur before and after operations for cardiac or pulmonary disease. The author and nine collaborators have drawn upon their extensive experience to enumerate the many situations which one may face in the management of these patients. The first chapter, of 40 pages, is a detailed discussion of fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance. The remaining six chapters cover adult and pediatric cardiac patients, general thoracic surgical problems, mechanical ventilation, thoracic trauma, and acute renal failure. Some physiological and biochemical background is presented to provide a better understanding in the recognition and treatment of such problems as cardiac tamponade, low output syndrome, flail chest, and renal failure. Step by step outlines of the recognition and therapeutic management of these and similar problems are given in detail. Appropriately, there is no attempt to discuss operative technique or indications for surgical