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The Board of Directors of the American Thoracic Society approved posting "A Primer on Critical Care for Patients and Their Families" on the American Thoracic Society Website on December 11, 1999.

Primary authors:

Constantine A Manthous, MD
Director of Medical Intensive Care
Bridgeport Hospital
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
Website Director of the Critical Care
Assembly American Thoracic Society

Martin J. Tobin, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Chairman of the Critical Care Assembly (1997-1999)
American Thoracic Society

Other contributors include:

Joanne Lynn, MD
RAND Center to Improve Care of the Dying
1200 South Hayes St.
Arlington, VA 22202

Christopher Haddad, JD who provided assistance with editing and legal issues.

Kristen Burke, Photographer, Bridgeport Hospital, who provided photographs for file attachments in the procedures section.

The State of Connecticut Attorney General's Office allowed us to reproduce their copyrighted documents on this Website as samples of advance directives.

Additional Acknowledgements: The authors are grateful to the following members of the American Thoracic Society who reviewed this work:

Randy Curtis, MD, University of Washington
Michael Peterson, MD, University of Iowa
Thomas Raffin, MD, Stanford University
Marianna Sockrider, MD, DrPH, Baylor College of Medicine
Sandra Wilson, PhD, Stanford University