Classic Critical Care Papers
A limited number of publications have had a dramatic impact on the practice of critical care medicine. These publications are regarded as “compulsory” reading for residents, fellows, and other practitioners of critical care medicine. Surprisingly, although not unexpectedly, those publications with the potential to have the most dramatic positive impact on patient care have been slow to be adopted, while publications of questionable scientific rigor are frequently adopted with an unexplained religious fervor. This chapter reviews those papers which have dramatically altered the practice of critical care medicine (for good or bad) as well as those “classic” papers that have shaped the history of critical care medicine.
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