This monograph consists of contributions from 18 authors, each of whom is highly knowledgeable in the field of shock. Basic scientific aspects of experimental and clinical shock are blended appropriately with an effective review of current management.
One of the outstanding characteristics of this text is the fact that it is highly readable and each section is presented in sufficient detail for thorough coverage and yet is quite concise. The subjects of monitoring, appropriate volume replacement, acid-base abnormalities, and the controversy of vasoconstrictors vs vasodilators are each commendably presented. A very useful section on the repiratory distress syndrome clearly summarizes the presently available evidence concerning both the pathophysiology and treatment of this widespread disorder. The cardiac and renal manifestations of hypoperfusion are also well covered, as is the discussion of septic shock, a field in which there continues to be much controversy and numerous, unexplained phenomena. The editors have provided