It has been said that intensivists are the general practitioners of the hospital. Not only do they have to have an in depth understanding of their own field, they also need to have insight into the workings of almost every other hospital discipline. The breadth of knowledge needed to pass an exam in intensive care medicine could seem extremely daunting, like revising to be a jack of all trades – and master of one.

It must also be said that there is an art to passing exams. Knowledge needs to be: structured, up-to-date, and comprehensive yet succinct. Judged by those criteria, Revision Notes in Intensive Care Medicine does rather a good job. It manages to concisely cover all the relevant topics, despite being A5 size...

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