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February 1968


Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(2):202-203. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640020090034

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The table of contents shows us that this British book on resuscitation is not what the nurses in an intensive care unit might expect. While it does give detailed directions and discussion of internal and external cardiac massage and methods of artificial pulmonary ventilation, it covers the broad field of failing vital functions and their management.

The historical introduction and scholarly approach to each subject are invaluable, and they make for good reading. The author's confession of heresy in some of his approaches is proper. On most of his views, however, it is unlikely that he will be considered heretical in all parts of the world, or for very long.

He has sound chapters on electrolyte and acid-base problems, respiratory failure, shock, hypothermia, cardiac disease, ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest, and coma (including barbiturate and salicylate coma). There is little information on other types of poisoning. Cerebral accidents are briefly

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