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In the preface to the first edition of this book, Dr Dantzker indicated that the goal was to provide insights into the pathophysiology of disease processes that affect the heart and lung, with application of this knowledge to develop therapeutic approaches to the critically ill. The second edition has been substantially expanded and updated so that it comes closer to this goal. Several of the original chapters have been enlarged and revised, and a number of new chapters and topics have been added. Although the book continues to emphasize the heart and lungs, other topics, including renal and fluid and electrolyte balance, are treated more fully. These changes should make the volume even more appealing to the intensivist. The editor has assembled an impressive group of contributors who are experts in their respective fields.
The first of three sections deals with pathophysiology and includes ten chapters on a variety of
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