As care givers, we are very privileged to be afforded the precious gift of knowledge and skills to make a difference in the lives of our patients and with this privilege comes a deep sense of responsibility and gratitude for having been the recipients of these special gifts.

A trip to an intensive care unit can be fraught with anxiety for both patients and their visitors. But the knowledge that the patient is in good hands helps soothe many of those fears. No one is a master of all aspects of critical care - but Dr. Prachee Sathe has mastered much. Her deep understanding of critical care is gleaned from years of experience and hard work. The formidable team of Dr. Shilpa Kulkarni, Dr. Tanima Baronia, Dr. Sanmay Chowdhury, Dr. Sharad Yadav, Dr. Prashant Sakhavalkar, Dr. Sandhya Zambare and Dr. Vinay Phad have been the backbone of orchestrated care.

This book, published to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the ICU unit at Ruby Hall Clinic introduces the reader to a number of anecdotes collected through the years throwing light on the very foundation of this department. It is a collection of inspiration and optimism, a compelling glimpse into the lives of doctors—their humanity and determined devotion to patients and their families.

The sections and chapters this book is divided into employs a variety of styles ranging from the factual and informative to that based upon personal experience. We hope that readers, both with and without a medical background will fi nd this book interesting and insightful.