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June 24, 1992

Pediatric Critical Care

Author Affiliations

George Washington University School of Medicine Washington, DC

JAMA. 1992;267(24):3358-3359. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480240128053

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This text attempts to define pediatric critical care medicine, both the scientific foundations and actual clinical applications. It strives to delineate the field from adult intensive care as a discrete entity. The 166 authors of the book's 113 chapters have achieved this well.

The book begins with the whole patient: reports of typical pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) cases and background data used together embody the vast scope of the field. For instance, presented along with the case of a victim of near-drowning is the information that in some states it is the leading cause of death in children younger than 5 years. The discipline of pediatric critical care medicine is well described in the next section. In particular, the chapter "Invasive Measurements in the PICU" is one of the most extensive in print, covering both the basic science and the practical applications. There is also a wonderful chapter on