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Numerous advances in the care of the critically ill patient have occurred over the past 15 years. Hospitalized patients are "increasingly aged and more seriously ill than ever before." These changes produce new and challenging problems for surgeons, requiring evolution in the practice of surgery to include greater emphasis on the care of critically ill patients. This new information is important not only to critical care specialists but also to all physicians who care for patients with surgical disease. This book is focused on the care of the critically ill
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