The Handbook of Pediatric Intensive Care is a very useful adjunct to the reference and reading shelves found in most pediatric intensive care units and emergency departments. It provides the reader with practical, "nononsense" material on each of the major problems affecting infants, children, and adolescents who require intensive care therapy. One can easily envision its being pulled off the shelf in the middle of the night for quick reference.
Only enough pathophysiologic data are included to provide the reader with a basic understanding and rationale for treatment considerations. Text is liberally accompanied by tables and diagrams, making it easy to identify key points in any given section. An appendix provides the reader with a number of key formulas for evaluating physiologic assessment and a drug formulary.
As with most texts addressing critical illness, the book is organized to address organ systems. Generally, there is a description of the clinical