Shock and the Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

  • Wolfgang Kox
  • David Bihari

Part of the Current Concepts in Critical Care book series (CRITICAL CARE)

Table of contents

  1. The Morphology and Pathogenesis of Acute Lung Injury

  2. Pathophysiology of Septic Shock and the Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. M. Lamy, M. E. Faymonville, A. Adam, G. Deby-Dupont, L. Bodson, P. Damas et al.
      Pages 67-77
    3. L. G. Thijs, A. B. J. Groeneveld, A. J. Schneider
      Pages 79-93
    4. H. Forst, J. Racenberg, K. Peter, K. Messmer
      Pages 123-136
  3. Some Aspects of Ventilatory Support

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. P. P. Lunkenheimer, W. F. Whimster, N. Stroh, J. Theissen, G. Frieling, H. Van Aken
      Pages 157-166
    3. L. Gattinoni, A. Pesenti, R. Marcolin, D. Mascheroni, R. Fumagalli, A. Riboni et al.
      Pages 167-176
  4. Some Aspects of Cardiovascular Support

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. U. Kreimeier, Zh. Yang, K. Messmer
      Pages 179-190
    3. C. A. Marshall, W. Kox
      Pages 197-205
  5. The Diagnosis and Prognosis of the Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-238

About this book


The interrelated syndromes of shock and the adult respiratory distress to attract the attention of both clinical and syndrome (ARDS) continue laboratory scientists. This reflects both the size of the problem and its unresponsiveness to current lines of treatment. Doubtless, a greater appreciation of the underlying pathophysiological disturbances during the past two decades has led to appropriate action and increased survival in the early stages but once established these syndromes have remained remarkably immune to a wide spectrum of therapeutic modalities. This observation stresses the importance of prevention but also indicates the need for continued research into the nature of the established syndromes and the means whereby they may be reversed. Drs Kox and Bihari are to be congratulated on bringing together within the covers of this volume many of the acknowledged European experts in these two fields of investigation. Each author has provided an up-to-date account of his current experimental and clinical research, and their com­ bined contributions makes fascinating reading. Undoubtedly, these are exciting times in the development of understanding of shock and ARDS. Inevitably, more questions are raised than answers provided, but the accumulated knowledge presented here adds significantly to our under­ standing of this complex biological jigsaw. From this corporate endeavour will come the clinically useful developments of the future and with them the ultimate hope that the term 'refractory' shock may be finally removed from our vocabulary.


Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) artery breathing cardiovascular endothelium intensive care intensive care unit management morphology pathophysiology physiology research respiratory failure shock surgery

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Kox
    • 1
    • 2
  • David Bihari
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of AnaesthesiaCharing Cross and Westminster Medical SchoolLondonEngland
  2. 2.Charing Cross HospitalLondonEngland
  3. 3.Department of MedicineThe Middlesex Hospital Medical SchoolLondonEngland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-1445-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-1443-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1976
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