BENJAMIN BURBANK, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The experiences of the past war have shown how very difficult it is to define by exact criteria just what constitutes the condition of shock. The end stage, in which the patient has no perceptible blood pressure or pulse, is pale with a gray cyanosis and cold with clammy perspiration, represents a medical defeat in diagnosis. Attempts to delineate a definite blood pressure level, such as 70 mm. Hg, have serious drawbacks because the end stage as described above may take place within a matter of minutes after such a reading. The same objections hold true for determining the
BURBANK B. THERAPY OF TRAUMATIC SHOCK1. Ann Intern Med. ;35:857–871. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-35-4-857
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;35(4):857-871.
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