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Critical Care Handbook of the Massachusetts General Hospital

Djillali Annane

Author Affiliations

General Intensive Care Unit, Raymond Poincaré Hospital (AP-HP), University of Versailles SQY, 104 boulevard Raymond Poincaré, 92380 Garches, France

Critical Care 2011, 15:303  doi:10.1186/cc10045

Published: 9 March 2011

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

I am not really a fan of medical books in general. I usually find them outdated and boring. The speed of scientific advances and of dissemination of knowledge via modern electronic communication tools does not fit into the traditional process for a book. Not rarely, information delivered in medical textbooks is contradicted by the continuous release of new data. Likewise, the endless gain in scientific knowledge is incompatible with the classical book format. Textbooks then either focused on too highly specific topics or poorly summarised the current medical knowledge. So when I was invited to review this handbook I thought it would be a painful experience. I started reading the book just after boarding a Paris to Los Angeles flight. I could not stop reading it, and when I turned off the seat light we were landing in Los Angeles. Let me tell you why Luca Bigatello and colleagues' handbook renewed my appetite for this type of medical literature.