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Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management in the Adult, 2nd Edition

Dries, David J. MD, Reviewer

Section Editor(s): Dries, David J. Book Review Editor

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Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management in the Adult, 2nd Edition Editors: Joseph E. Parrillo, MD; R. Phillip Dellinger, MD Bibliographic Data: Mosby, 2001. ISBN: 0-323-01280-9, NLM: WX 218, LC: RC86.7, 1670 pp, hard cover, $189.00.

Reviewer's Expert Opinion:


This is the second edition of a reference of critical care practice.


A clinically oriented comprehensive reference is provided.


Students, fellows and practitioners of multidisciplinary critical care medicine are an appropriate audience for this work. The editors and many of the authors are from the well-known multidisciplinary critical care group at Rush Medical College in Chicago. Other contributors are from critical care programs throughout North America.


The book's 1,600 pages are divided into 80 chapters. The initial group of chapters describes general organ system monitoring and support, followed by chapters that describe support of specific organ system failure. Final chapters include critical care unit organization, ethics, environmental issues, and scoring systems. Presentations are clearly written and make good use of tables and black-and-white line drawings. Illustrations reproduce with inconsistent quality, however. An ample reference list is provided with each chapter and references date to within two years of publication and represent original work. The table of contents provides section headings, chapter titles, and authorship. A concluding subject index contains separate citations for figures, tables and text citations.


This edition has been appropriately updated and authorship expanded to reflect the evolution in critical care practice since the first edition. As with its predecessor, the core of this book is the identification and management of shock. Consistent with their recognition of the importance of clinical applications, the authors have created a compact summary of the applied science of critical care worthy of the teacher or student in the field.

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