This book is second in the series, Progress in Critical Care Medicine, and is based on an annual postgraduate course taught at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, for more than a decade. The intended audience for this book is internists and family practitioners.
This book includes 26 chapters on topics ranging from ethical considerations in critical care medicine to the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, metabolic, infectious, and pharmacological aspects of critical care medicine. The quality of writing is uneven and varies from excellent to fair. This book, in general, suffers from few graphic materials, including only 15 figures in a 352-page volume.
Edward D. Viner's introductory chapter, "Life at the Other End of the Endotracheal Tube: A Physician's Personal View of Critical Care Illness," is a remarkable memoir detailing his personal experiences in the intensive care unit. The account is immensely readable and makes an eloquent plea for humanity in administering