Current Diagnosis and Treatment Critical Care 3rd Edition PDF

Current Diagnosis and Treatment Critical Care 3rd Edition PDF



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Preface

The third edition of Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Critical Care is designed to serve as a single-source reference for the adult critical care practitioner. The diversity of illnesses encountered in the critical care population necessitates a well-rounded and thorough knowledge of the manifestations and mechanisms of disease. In addition, unique to the discipline of critical care is the integration of an extensive body of medical knowledge that crosses traditional specialty boundaries. This approach is readily apparent to intensivists, whose primary background may be in internal medicine or one of its subspecialties, surgery, or anesthesiology. Thus a central feature of this book is a unified and integrated approach to the problems encountered in critical care practice. Like other books with the Lange imprint, this book emphasizes recall of major diagnostic features, concise descriptions of disease processes, and practical management strategies based on often recently acquired evidence.
Planned by two internists and a surgeon to meet the need for a concise but thorough source of information, Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Critical Care is intended to facilitate both teaching and practice of critical care. Students will find its consideration of basic science and clinical application useful during clerkships on medicine, surgery, and intensive care unit electives. House officers will appreciate its descriptions of disease processes and organized approach to diagnosis and treatment. Fellows and those preparing for critical care specialty examinations will find those sections out side their primary disciplines particularly useful. Clinicians will recognize this succinct reference on critical care as a valuable asset in their daily practice.
Because this book is intended as a reference on various aspects of adult critical care, it does not contain chapters on pediatric or neonatal critical care. These areas are highly specialized and require entire monographs of their own. Further, we have not included detailed information on performing bedside procedures such as central venous catheterization or arterial line insertion. Well-illustrated pocket manuals are available for readers who require basic technical information. Finally, we have chosen not to include a chapter on nursing or administrative topics, details of which can be found in other works.
Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Critical Care is conceptually organized into three major sections: (1) fundamentals of critical care applicable to all patients, (2) topics related primarily to critical care of patients with medical diseases, and (3) essentials of care for patients requiring care for surgical problems. Early chapters provide information about the general physiology and pathophysiology of critical illness. The later chapters discuss pathophysiology using an organ system– or disease-specific approach.Where appropriate, we have placed the medical and surgical chapters in succession to facilitate access to information.

Outstanding Features

  • Concise, readable format, providing efficient use in a variety of clinical and academic settings
  • Edited by both surgical and medical intensivists, with contributors from multiple subspecialties
  • Illustrations chosen to clarify basic and clinical concepts
  • Careful evaluation of new diagnostic procedures and their usefulness in specific diagnostic problems
  • Updated information on the management of severe sepsis and septic shock, including hydrocortisone therapy
  • New information on the serotonin syndrome
  • Carefully selected key references in Index Medicus format, providing all information necessary to allow electronic retrieval

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