© 2008

Classic Papers in Critical Care

  • Mitchell Fink
  • Michelle Hayes
  • Neil Soni

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Tom Whitehead, Arthur S. Slutsky
    Pages 1-29
  3. Timothy W. Evans, Julius H. Cranshaw
    Pages 31-57
  4. David F. Treacher
    Pages 59-86
  5. Hülya Bayir, Kimberly D. Statler, Margaret A. Satchell, Randall A. Ruppel, Robert S. B. Clark, Patrick M. Kochanek
    Pages 87-117
  6. Ulf H. Haglund
    Pages 119-140
  7. Mark G. A. Palazzo
    Pages 141-167
  8. Felicity H. Hawker
    Pages 169-191
  9. David N. Herndon, Robert E. Barrow, Somes C. Guha, Jay K. Bhama
    Pages 193-214
  10. Frederick A. Moore
    Pages 215-235
  11. David Bihari
    Pages 237-280
  12. Jan Wernerman
    Pages 281-302
  13. Malcolm Fisher
    Pages 303-325
  14. Dennis G. Maki
    Pages 327-356
  15. Jean-Louis Vincent
    Pages 383-405
  16. Bernadette Currer, Maire P. Shelly
    Pages 407-426
  17. E. Makings, C. J. Hinds
    Pages 427-447
  18. Derek C. Angus
    Pages 449-471
  19. Charles L. Sprung
    Pages 473-494

About this book


Every medical specialty has at its basis a core of classic papers, which both reflect the historical background and give insight into present and future developments. The papers discussed in this book are considered classics for many reasons, but in all cases they highlight landmarks in the development in critical care medicine and therefore providing an invaluable reference for both trainee and practising clinicians.

The editors assembled a distinguished team of internationally recognized experts who chose what they considered to be the most important papers in their subspecialty. Each entry follows a set format, starting with an abstract and reference to the original paper and followed by analysis of the strengths, weaknesses and contribution it has made to the development of critical care. Where possible, further information about each paper is given and a detailed analysis of the top 500 most widely cited papers is provided.

Providing a document of every cornerstone paper in critical care, this revised and updated book is a key reference resource for all working in the field. It is essential reading for trainees and practising clincians in emergency medicine and critical care, senior nursing staff, academic scientists and all professionals involved in the treatment of patients in the critical care unit.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mitchell Fink
    • 1
  • Michelle Hayes
    • 2
    • 3
  • Neil Soni
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Critical Care MedicineUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Chelsea and Westminster HospitalUK
  3. 3.Imperial College School of MedicineLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Classic Papers in Critical Care
  • Editors Mitchell P. Fink
    Michelle Hayes
    Neil Soni
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-84800-144-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-6842-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-84800-145-9
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XIII, 605
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 592 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Intensive / Critical Care Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Internal Medicine & Dermatology


From the reviews of the second edition:

"This is collection of papers identified by an expert panel as defining contemporary practice in critical care medicine. Abstracts, figures, and summaries from key papers are provided. Senior trainees or fellows in critical care medicine and academic practitioners or senior clinicians in the field may find this work of interest. … This unique contribution presents the work that defines much of current intensivist activity. … anyone with a significant interest in critical care will enjoy this collection." (David J. Dries, Doody’s Review Service, September, 2008)

"Classic Papers in Critical Care provides a highly informative, easy-to-read overview on the fundamentals of intensive care medicine. … This book is highly recommended for intensive care specialists or general physicians with interest in critical care as well as physicians-in-training or intensive care fellows who not only want to know how to practice evidence-based critical care according to the latest insights but also want to understand the fundamentals underlying these guidelines." (Marcel Levi, Journal of the American Medical Association, April, 2009)