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December 16, 1983

Care of the Critically III Patient

JAMA. 1983;250(23):3235-3236. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340230083044

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The number of critical care textbooks and other volumes devoted to the acutely ill and injured is increasing at a rapid pace. This book, an ambitious and workmanlike treatment of the pathophysiology and management of critical illnesses and injury, is a result of the efforts of European and American authors. The editors have attempted to balance the views from each side of the Atlantic.

The first section deals with applied physiology. Eight chapters are devoted to measurement and control of cardiac output, pulmonary ventilation and gas exchange, acid-base balance, and other aspects of physiology. In general, these are written clearly and are concise reviews rather than comprehensive treatments of each topic. The next section deals with cardiovascular disorders, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, shock, pulmonary embolism, and hypertensive crises. In most instances, the authors present a good synthesis of these subjects with standard approaches to diagnosis and management. The editors have striven