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Reader, when you meet a patient in shock, read section 4 of this book and see how to insert the needle, check the pH, massage the heart, and treat with fluids and drugs. Thumb back then to section 3 to diagnose what you have started to treat. Back further to study the pathophysiology of the disease that may be responsible for the shock. That is the concept of this book.
Fourteen authors wrote the first three sections; only two, Weil and Shubin, the last (and best), on clinical management of shock. Perhaps the two principal authors had an advantage since they could write about their great experience in a shock research unit and about how they treat their patients. In contrast, the chapters on pathophysiology and diagnosis must have presented many difficulties. The authors tried to prepare limited yet sufficient discussions of concepts, to provide ample yet selective literature references,
Gravenstein JS. Diagnosis and Treatment of Shock. JAMA. 1967;201(1):67. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130010093034
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