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Captaining the Ship During a Storm : Who Should Care for the Critically Ill?

Ruben J. Azocar, MD; Alan Lisbon, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Boston, MA 
 ,  Drs. Azocar and Lisbon are affiliated with the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and with Harvard Medical School.

Correspondence to: Alan Lisbon, MD, FCCP, Chief, Division of Critical Care, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215; e-mail: alisbon@caregroup.harvard.edu



Chest. 2001;120(3):694-696. doi:10.1378/chest.120.3.694
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By the middle of the last century, new therapeutic modalities in both medicine and surgery allowed patients who would have otherwise died to survive their diseases. These patients often needed more intense care than that provided on the wards of hospitals. In various medical centers, specialized units opened to care for these critically ill patients. The close monitoring of physiologic variables was possible with advances in technology, and the ratio of nurses to patients was increased. Critical care medicine was born.

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