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There has been an explosion in both basic research and clinical experience that has led to rapid expansion of the knowledge base required for the practice of critical care medicine. The editors of the third edition of Textbook of Critical Care have attempted to provide a comprehensive and standard textbook designed to supply extensive breadth and depth of information for the health care provider at the bedside in the intensive care unit (ICU). Like the discipline of critical care medicine itself, this textbook offers a multidisciplinary approach to the care of the critically ill patient. It has more than 330 contributors who are leaders in the development of this newest of medical disciplines. The editors and contributors clearly have accomplished their goal.
The text is divided into sections, each focused on a single organ system or organizational element of the critical care unit. An introductory section contains an excellent chapter
McIntyre RC. Textbook of Critical Care. JAMA. 1996;275(9):728–729. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530330072041
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