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November 6, 1972

Care of the Critically III Child

JAMA. 1972;222(6):710. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210060058032

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This book addresses itself to the treatment methods for critically ill children and the pathophysiology of the problems encountered in a pediatric intensive care unit. The authors of the individual chapters are, with one exception, members of the same pediatric intensive-care-unit staff at the Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Their chapters are well integrated in a book which is much more than a manual. The coverage of cardiopulmonary physiology is extensive and well written. There are two excellent chapters on care of newborns by Dr. Swyer of the University of Toronto. One chapter is devoted entirely to newborn physiology. In the discussions, a fine balance is achieved between theory and practice.

A chapter on techniques of treatment and electronic monitoring has informative sections on a broad range of topics including endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilators. It is pleasing to see electrical safety and grounding discussed—topics of great importance that physicians all