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Critical Care Medicine: The Essentials [Paperback]

John J. Marini MD , Arthur P. Wheeler MD
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Dec 15 2005 0781739160 978-0781739160 3
R Ideally suited for students in critical care rotations and residents, this concise, practical handbook presents the essentials of medical and surgical critical care in an easy-to-read format. The authors succinctly explain the pathophysiology underlying clinical disorders and the key principles of diagnosis and patient management, emphasizing cost-effective approaches. The Third Edition features greatly expanded coverage of surgical critical care and new information on echocardiography, hemodynamics, circulatory support, hazards of excessive fluid resuscitation, lasix drips, respiratory monitoring, post-extubation care, weaning from ventilators, sedation, use of opiates, new drugs, emergency room interventions for myocardial infarction, stroke management, infectiousdisease issues, and sepsis.

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4.0 out of 5 stars good Sept. 2 2010
By aref
Book was in excellent condition, the only 1 thing, i would of preferred the book to be rapped in its original plastic rapping just to give me the feeling that its brand new and no one has opened it before! edges were a tiny bit folded!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent approach to ICU pathophysiology, treatments Feb. 23 2001
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An excellent discussion of ICU/Critical Care Medicine pathophysiology and management approaches for principally the housestaff/junior fellow level. Chapters are pertinent and understandable. Does a good job of avoiding the tendency toward "cookbook" medicine found in several other CCM texts written at this level. End of chapter summaries are excellent. Focus is on developing understanding of key physiologic/pathophysiologic concepts and how they relate to monitoring, management, etc. rather than focusing on procedures and techniques. Should be the text of choice for medicine critical care rotations early in training as it really develops the appropriate foundation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Training program reference Jan. 28 2011
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Perspective: I am a key faculty in an Internal Medidine training program, and we are developing a small resource library for the typical 4-week training rotations. We look for a good source of information that provides correlated pathophysiology with updated evidence-based management. To be reasonable with the goal of being readable in a 4 week period it should have up to 500-700 pages and be portable. We compared the Critical Care Medicine: The Essentials (JJ marini, AP Wheeler) with the Manual of Intensive Care Medicine (RS Irwin, JM Rippe), and The Washington Manual of Critical Care (Marin H Kollef et al). The CCM staff was concerned that there should be adequate discussions particularly on sepsis and ventilation management.
The Critical Care Medicine: The Essentials was chosen for the library as it fulfills our education requirements very satisfactorily. The discussions of airway and ventilation are excellent. The acid base and electrolytes chapters are well discussed and include common management errors to avoid. The chapters on nutrition and pharmacology are a welcome addition, sometimes overlooked in other references. The book does not include an illustrated section on invasive procedures, but this was not considered a limitation as most procedures are learned hands-on. Although there is no illustration on inserting a pulmonary artery catheter there are 47 pages on hemodynamic monitoring we considered more pertinent and expertly explained.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Liked Marino better Sept. 18 2008
By F. Park - Published on
Not bad, but the writing style is somewhat dense, making it difficult to read quickly. After a couple chapters I decided to switch to the ICU book by Marino and was happy I did. If you're a busy resident with limited time to read, go with Marino.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too complicated for the average med student! May 5 2012
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I attempted to read this book in preparation for a critical care rotation at medical school. It went completely over my head. For example, I did not understand a fraction of the chapter on respiratory monitoring! There are so many symbols and subscripts used that I constantly had to skim back over the previous paragraphs/pages to remember what they all mean. To be honest, I found the book unreadable. I gave it 3 stars though as it seems that the authors have put a lot of effort into it, there are plenty of diagrams, and it appears extremely comprehensive and in depth - so I am sure people with more of a background in these areas will appreciate it. Hence, it may well be a very good book - I don't know (as I can't read it). But unless every med student at every other medical school has a much stronger grounding in respiratory physiology in particular, I really do not think this book is suited for medical students (as it claims to). Even areas which I feel I have quite a good grasp on (like acid-base, electrolytes) were difficult to read - basically, I had to pause after every sentence and check that I had understood it and how it followed on from the previous sentence as the authors seemed to skip about three steps of thought within the imaginary gap between sentences. Now I know that studying should be hard work, but for a book that claims to have "concise, easy to read chapters" (see back cover), I did not expect something like this. I may come back to it when I have read a couple of other books that will enable me to actually understand a bit about the subject and see what I think of it then. But - and I must have said this about five times by now - I do not believe it is a useful introductory text for someone who has absolutely no previous knowledge of the subject. I am curious to hear if someone else has a similar experience.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Respiratory therapists/ICU March 6 2008
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I recently bought this book and it really goes deep into subject - just the way I like it.
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