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Francis Moore has noted in the preface of this book that the use of the word "critical" in the context of critical care may refer equally well to the decisions that are made by the physician as to the state of the patient. Inappropriate administration of fluid as well as the ill-advised administration of a diuretic designed to decrease the patient's body fluid may disturb the delicate balance of a successfully recovering patient and produce sudden irreversible catastrophe. Management of the patient in a critical care unit requires a physician who is familiar with all of the patient's organ systems
Handbook of Critical Care.. Ann Intern Med. ;87:800. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-6-800_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(6):800.
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