The author indicates that this is a "generic" text for all intensive care units, regardless of the name on the door. Dr Marino thereby acknowledges the multidisciplinary nature of intensive care endeavors. He has experience in both medical and surgical intensive care units and therefore presents a balanced approach as well as a range of topics that are applicable to virtually all adult critical care environments.
The text is aimed at the house officer and is clearly written with liberal use of figures and tables. There is an up-to-date list of selected references at the end of each chapter. There is also a very useful set of references and appendixes at the end of the book that includes material on drug interactions, dosages, algorithms for resuscitations, and scoring systems.
The book has 12 sections, including critical care physiology, common practices and problems, basic hemodynamic monitoring, and clinical shock syndrome. The