September 1974

Introduction to Life Support.

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San Francisco


Edited by Mark B. Ravin, MD, and Jerome H. Modell, MD, $6.95, 183 pp, Little, Brown & Co., 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(3):600. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320210210045

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This paperback book stems from a teaching manual designed to introduce second-year medical students to the principles of emergency medical care. The 14 chapters were written by 16 authors, most of whom are from the department of anesthesiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

The cornerstone of the book is in the early chapters on emergency airway control and ventilation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The material is clearly presented and its brevity is an asset in making the various points easy to understand. There is some repetition in other chapters.

The chapter on principles of mechanical ventilation provides an excellent summary of the various ventilators available and the basic principle of respiratory care. Another useful section discussed in the chapter on acid-base regulation, relates to in vivo changes in pH and [HCO3] under variations of arterial carbon dioxide pressure.

At this time, there has been renewed interest in

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