edited by Norman A. Paradis, Henry R. Halperin, and Richard M. Nowak, 981 pp, with illus, $139, ISBN 0-683-06765-6, Baltimore, Md, Williams & Wilkins, 1996.
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The extremely large Cardiac Arrest: The Science and Practice of Resuscitation Medicine is truly an encyclopedia on the subject. The book has virtually everything one would ever want to know about the causes of cardiac arrest, the applied physiology, and its treatment. As the editors point out, more than 300000 persons die each year in the United States of sudden cardiac death, and with early recognition and therapy this number could be greatly reduced. The authors also point out that all our skills and limited knowledge must be applied immediately when cardiac arrest occurs if "hearts and brains too good to die are not to be lost forever."
Every physician will at some time attempt to resuscitate patients from sudden death, but few have the opportunity to learn from teachers dedicated to this skill, which this book provides. The editors intend it to be "a comprehensive text incorporating critical analysis
Wilson RF. Cardiac Arrest: The Science and Practice of Resuscitation Medicine. JAMA. 1996;276(14):1195. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540140083037