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Patients and others faced with critical illness seldom understand the circumstances and decisions confronting them in the intensive care setting. Two critical-care physicians and a well-known science writer have addressed this problem in a well-written, interesting, and informative book for health care workers and laypersons alike. The first author, an acclaimed teacher, also chairs a hospital ethics committee; the other physician is also an Episcopalian minister.
Chapters are structured around illustrative case reports beginning with definitions of the origin and nature of intensive care units, and their equipment, personnel, and purposes. The goals are to save the lives of those
Intensive Care: Facing the Critical Choices. Ann Intern Med. ;111:346. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-4-346_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(4):346.
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