Critical care medicine is manifesting its identity crisis by a media blitz. This marketing—be it at a conscious or intuitive level—involves a spate of publications defiantly outlining the turf. Clearly, this specialty has interfaces with emergency medicine, anesthesia, surgery, traumatology, cardiology, respiratory medicine, and various basic sciences. It is a formidable frontier that provides an interesting challenge in conflict resolution.
Multiple Trauma, edited by Dr Massion of Oklahoma City, is the first of a series titled Progress in Critical Care Medicine. Its object is to provide an overview of the role of the intensivist in the management of the patient with multiple injuries. This is a curious starting place for a series of books by intensivists, but it provides a clear storm warning to the emergency medical community that considers this area—perhaps with a ceremonial tip of the hat to surgeons—as its own. The intensivists are either preparing for (1)