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Current Practice in Critical Illness. Vol III.
  1. Geoff Hughes
  1. Clinical Director, Emergency Services, Capital Coast Health, Wellington Hospital, Wellington South, New Zealand

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    By David W Ryan. (Pp 213; £39.50.) Arnold, 1998. ISBN 0-412-79300-8.

    This book is the third in a series that has been written with the aim of providing an essential reference source for all specialists working with the critically ill. Part of the blurb indicates that the series is to be authoritative, comprehensive and with commentaries from internationally respected clinicians. A fourth volume is in preparation.

    These books are nicely produced with easy to read print on good quality paper. Illustrations are few but those that there are, are relevant to the text. As with many publications the quality of radiographic images is less than ideal.

    There are eight different topics covered in the book of which four will be of general interest to emergency physicians. These include a review of the “Airway in neonates and children”, “Trauma resuscitation”, “Trans-oesophageal echocardiography”, and “Hypertensive crisis”. Each of these chapters is precise authoritative, well written and offers a broad contemporary view and update for busy clinicians.

    I like this book even though only half of it is of direct interest. It is not the sort of book I would recommend buying for an emergency department library but if you can beg, steal or borrow a copy from a colleague or obtain it from a larger library then it is well worth looking at. It is of particular interest for experienced clinicians or for the more discerning trainee. A perusal of the contents of the previous two volumes shows an equally eclectic range of topics. It is my view that this third volume is probably the most relevant to the emergency department. It is a good read.

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