The book is a compilation of talks covering most aspects of critical care medicine, which were presented at the annual symposia sponsored by the Postgraduate Division of the Southern California School of Medicine.
The list of authors constitutes the blue book of critical care medicine: William Ganz, R. M. Hardaway, Henning Pontoppidan, Peter Safar, William C. Shoemaker, and H. T. C. Swan. For many of the contributors, this is a presentation of frontier work. Several topics have received excellent treatment, particularly "Treatment of Shock and Trauma States," "Brain Monitoring and Homeostasis," and "Hemodynamic Defects Including Shock."
Coverage is not uniform; most pertinent problems are treated in depth, but many questions are left unanswered. Nevertheless, the editors have managed the difficult task of subdividing the book and have provided well-organized titles and subtitles. The result is a book that is well balanced typographically, but it is obvious that many of the