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February 26, 1992

Intensive Care Medicine

Author Affiliations

St Luke's Medical Center Milwaukee, Wis University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School

JAMA. 1992;267(8):1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480080106038

I approached the second edition of Intensive Care Medicine with a fair amount of trepidation. Its length of over 2000 pages makes it a rather intimidating text. Initially, I was concerned by the tremendous preponderance of Massachusetts-based contributing authors until I realized that the first edition of the book was written entirely by members of the faculty of the University of Massachusetts. This expanded version features a national representation of authorities.

One of the hardest things about reviewing this text was not its size but the almost continual temptation to read sections in depth that I was at first trying to skim. The book reads extremely well and is written in a conversational, direct manner, which is quite frankly delightful. Books such as this can easily become ponderous and overbearing, but not here. Instructors and teachers of critical care physicians in training will be particularly delighted by the detailed historical