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Although the concept of the critical care physician is controversial, a huge body of knowledge has developed in the many disciplines that deal with critically ill patients. The extent of this body of knowledge, which bridges many specialties, is what concerns the opponents of the concept of the critical care specialist. This argument over a horizontal (one specialty) versus vertical (several disciplines with critical care orientation) organization of critical care services will probably not be resolved at a national level soon. Common sense suggests that it will be resolved at a local level by the extent of available resources. The
Textbook of Critical Care Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. 1984;101:152. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-1-152_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(1):152.
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