Overall, the third edition of Critical Care, edited by Civetta, is a helpful text for the critical care practitioner. Section 1 is particularly refreshing because it covers issues in medical decision making. The first chapter discusses briefly how to read and understand medical articles and statistics. This is fundamental for practitioners in pulmonary and critical care medicine.
The first section continues by reviewing a collaborative practice approach, clinical decision making, and ethics, including informed consent and refusal. These chapters are especially pertinent to the practice of critical care. Chapter 8 on iatrogenesis is important for all physicians, including those who practice critical care.
The treatment of physiologic mechanisms in section 2 is similar to other critical care texts (eg, Intensive Care, edited by Rippe et al, and Principles and Practice of Medical Intensive Care, edited by Carlson and Geheb). Some of the material is more up-to-date in this newer text.