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That a book on shock should be large and depressing is not a criticism of the book but a statement about shock. For few if any of the questions which arise in connection with shock can any answers be obtained capable of gaining general assent.
We find a multitude of conditions lumped together under the name "shock"; we find many conflicting theories as to the cause of shock; and we find many conflicting theories as to how it may best be treated. The present book makes a valiant effort to cover the field and it places at the disposal of the reader a great deal of current information and opinion on the subject, with special emphasis on hemorrhagic shock. There are also sections on endotoxic shock, cardiogenic shock, and shock of various other etiologies. Since the subject is so vast, the average article in this book is less than eight
Cranefield PF. Shock and Hypotension: Pathogenesis and Treatment. JAMA. 1966;195(8):705. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100080145067