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July 1986

Septic Shock

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edited by Richard K. Root and Merle A. Sande, 281 pp, with illus, $42, New York, Churchill Livingstone Inc, 1985.

Arch Surg. 1986;121(7):854. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1986.01400070124028

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This book is intended to be a fresh look at the septic shock syndrome and is billed as an information source for both "investigators in the field or practicing clinicians." It is of more value to the former. The book consists of 17 chapters, beginning with a refreshing overview by Sanford, certainly one of the all-time great teachers on the subject of infectious diseases, and ending with a rather bleak review of the effectiveness of immunoprophylaxis against gram-negative rod bacteremia. Most of the chapters are quite esoteric and are not of much interest to practicing clinicians, although the chapter by Young on principles of selecting antimicrobial therapy for septicemia is valuable for clinicians dealing with this syndrome. The only chapter dealing with surgical problems is by Maunder and Carrico. Its tone is apologetic, as though most of their messages had already been said by others. However, this chapter does review

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