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This is one of the most complete books on shock that I have ever seen. Its approach to the subject from "A Physiologic Basis" is excellent. Its review of shock and history of the research that has taken place in this area is also most effectively done, and the consideration of each system that is involved in shock ties the entire subject together so that the treatment program then falls in a logical manner and is most effectively done in the last chapter ("Treatment").
I believe that this book should be placed in every coronary care unit and every intensive care unit, as it would be invaluable to the intelligent management of shock handled in these areas of most hospitals.
This book also should serve as an excellent teaching instrument for nurses, residents, and visiting physicians as well.
Smith C. Shock: A Physiologic Basis for Treatment. Arch Intern Med. 1972;129(6):1003. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.00320060151037
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