by Richard W. Carlson and Michael A. Geheb, 1796 pp, with illus, $180, ISBN 0-7216-3396-X, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Sannders Co, 1993.
Principles and Practice of Medical Intensive Care, edited by Carlson and Geheb, is outstanding. Over 200 authors have contributed to the text. Chapters are well written and remarkably up to date, given the typical time lag between writing and actual publication. The sequence of information is good, and individual chapters agree quite well.
The first part of the text is devoted to organization of intensive care and prehospital management. It serves as a very nice introduction to the subject of medical intensive care. The final sections are devoted to ethics and critical care, legal aspects of life support, and future ethical issues in critical care. I thought these sections served as a nice conclusion to the book.
Despite the "Medical" of the title, care of surgical patients is discussed in considerable detail. There are also sections devoted to liver transplantation, bone marrow transplantation, and obstetrics and gynecology related to intensive
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