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Clinical review: Circulatory shock - an update: a tribute to Professor Max Harry Weil

Jean-Louis Vincent1*, Can Ince2 and Jan Bakker2

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1 Department of Intensive Care, Erasme Hospital, Université libre de Bruxelles, route de Lennik 808, 1070 Brussels, Belgium

2 Department of Intensive Care, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Dr. Molewaterplein 50, Rotterdam, 3015 GE, The Netherlands

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Critical Care 2012, 16:239  doi:10.1186/cc11510

Published: 20 November 2012


Circulatory shock is common and associated with high morbidity and mortality. Appropriate shock treatment relies on a good understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying shock. In this article, we provide an update on the description, classification, and management of shock states built on foundations laid by Dr Max Harry Weil, a key early contributor to this field.