John F. Murray is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division from 1966 to 1989. He is coeditor of the Textbook of Respiratory Medicine (third edition forthcoming in 2000).
[Intensive Care] faces the raw edge of urban living. It is in the daily detail of an ICU at work that Murray wonderfully depicts a place of function and dysfunction. Murray shows that the ICU is a place of small successes rather than triumphant victories. -Richard Horton, New York Review of Books; Dr. Murray is an evenhanded guide to the real world of intensive care medicine. His book is informative, a necessary counterweight to the medical fiction of popular entertainment. It may not be something to read for entertainment, but it is important to read if we are to know what crisis medicine can and cannot do for us. -San Francisco Chronicle Book Review; Takes the reader on his daily rounds at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the San Francisco General Hospital. Between realistic scenes of bedside medical diagnoses and analyses, we also encounter the ethical dilemmas confronting today's medical establishment and society. Recommended for its naturalistic picture of inner-city hospital medicine. -James Swanton, Library Journal