Rui Paulo Moreno a, Andrew Rhodes b. The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 9 October 2010
The Lancet today includes three papers about intensive care medicine. The papers describe the evolution of the specialty,1 the demand for and ability to supply appropriate levels of care,2 and some of the commonly faced ethical dilemmas and challenges.3 These topics are apt in this period of economic constraint.

Intensive care medicine consumes a considerable proportion of health-care resources4 and these costs will need to be justified.

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