November 1972

Septic Shock in Man

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San Francisco


Edited by SG Hershey, MD; LRM Del Guerico, MD; and R McCann, PhD. Price, not given. Pp 313. Little Brown & Co, 64 Beacon St, Boston, 1971.

Arch Surg. 1972;105(5):807. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180110124039

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This book consists of 22 chapters, representing the papers presented at the Conference on the Dynamics of Septic Shock in Man, sponsored by Albert Einstein College of Medicine in collaboration with the Committee on Shock of the Division of Medical Sciences, National Academy of Science— National Research Council, held Nov 13 through 15, 1968.

The book is organized into eight sections of three papers each. The first consists of papers on the bacteriology of septic shock; the second section contains three papers on the respiratory aspects of septic shock, which included an excellent paper by H. Pontoppidon on the pathophysiologic effects and treatment of respiratory failure. The third section is on oxygen transport and utilization. The paper by G.H.A. Clowes was an excellent study of 78 patients with sepsis, and describes patterns of response and the mechanisms of failure of oxygen transport. The metabolic aspects of shock include a review

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