In the past twenty years, critical care medicine has advanced tremendously both in knowledge and in the numbers of clinicians who devote a significant portion of time to intensive observation and care of the seriously ill. During most of this evolutionary process, access by the interested to formal texts was lacking, but in the past few years compendiums of experience have appeared.
In this text, the editor, an anesthesiologist, has compiled a number of reviews of the state of the art of monitoring the various organ systems and the associated technology. Most of the authors have credentials in anesthesiology—because critical care medicine is a natural extension of skills learned and utilized in the operating room—and well-recognized names, especially in the anesthesiology literature. Unlike many multiauthored texts, there is little redundancy among chapters.
The book is organized by body system. Following an introductory section, monitoring of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and central