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August 19, 1992

Care of the Critically III Patient

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria, Ill

JAMA. 1992;268(7):921. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490070103053

As the discipline has grown and matured within recent years, books on critical care medicine have proliferated. Several textbooks, updates, reviews, series, and handbooks are now available to practitioners of this multidisciplinary and multispecialty endeavor.

Some volumes are aimed at a particular audience—medical intensive care, pediatric critical care, trauma, etc. However, only a few authors and editors attempt to produce texts that have the scope to appeal to a broad-based group of acute care clinicians. The second edition of Care of the Critically Ill Patient, edited by Jack Tinker and Warren Zapol, should appeal to all specialists who practice in the intensive care setting.

The editors indicate that the approach used for both editions has been systematic. Topics are presented within a framework of applied physiology. However, the emphasis is clinical, and the text is very readable. In this sense, the book is likely to be more helpful as a