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Intensive Care: A Doctor's Journal

Murray, John F.

Verlag: University of California Press, US, 2000
ISBN 10: 0520220897 / ISBN 13: 9780520220898
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Titel: Intensive Care: A Doctor's Journal

Verlag: University of California Press, US

Erscheinungsdatum: 2000

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Fine

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Inhaltsangabe: "Intensive Care" is an affecting view from the trenches, a seasoned doctor's minute-by-minute and day-by-day account of life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a major inner-city hospital, San Francisco General. John F. Murray, for many years Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division of the hospital and a Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, takes readers on his daily ward rounds, introducing them to the desperately ill patients he treats as well as to the young physicians and medical students who accompany him. Writing with compassion and knowledge accumulated over a long career, Murray presents the true stories of patients who show up with myriad disorders: asthma, cardiac failure, gastrointestinal diseases, complications due to AIDS, the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, emphysema.Readers will come away from this book with a comprehensive understanding of what an ICU is, what it does, who gets admitted, and how doctors and nurses make decisions concerning life-threatening medical problems. Intensive care for critically ill patients is a new but well-established and growing branch of medicine. Estimates suggest that 15 to 20 percent of all hospitalized patients in the United States are treated in an intensive or coronary care unit during each hospital stay, so there is a real possibility that the reader will either be admitted to an ICU himself or herself or knows someone who will be.Murray not only offers a real-time account of the diagnosis, treatment, and progress of his patients over the course of one month but also conveys a wealth of information about various diseases and medical procedures in succinct and easy-to-understand terms. In addition, he elaborates on ethical dilemmas that he confronts on an almost daily basis: the extent of patient autonomy, the denial of ICU care, the withdrawal of life support, and physician-assisted suicide. Murray concludes that ICUs are doing their job, but they could be even better, cheaper, and - most important - more humane. His chronicle brings substance to a world known to most of us only through the fiction of television.

Rezension: "["Intensive Care"] faces the raw edge of urban living. It is in the daily detail of an ICU at work that Murray wonderfully depicts a place of function and dysfunction. Murray shows that the ICU is a place of small successes rather than triumphant victories. He does not hide the rougher side of intensive care: the need for strong prison-like restraints to tie down agitated patients; the lethal presence of hospital acquired infections; the crude indignities that a lack of privacy forces on ICU patients and their families; the psychic terrors that afflict some of those under his care; the threats of litigation from worried relatives; and the frustrations of a system stretched beyond the point at which it can operate safely."--Richard Horton, "New York Review of Books"

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