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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jack Stanko, MS, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This is an insightful textbook addressing the underrepresented and underappreciated effects of thoracic mechanics on cardiac and pulmonary performance and vice versa. The authors selected a remarkable assortment of topics in common clinical conditions to delineate the physiology and pathophysiology of these intriguing relationships.
Purpose: The purpose is to produce an informative and intellectually stimulating textbook that is a current review regarding cardiothoracic interrelationships in health and disease. This is an exceptional piece of work in an area of cardiopulmonary medicine that is often overlooked.
Audience: The book's major service will be to anyone active in the care of those individuals with cardiopulmonary dysfunction, specifically cardiologists, pulmonologists, intensivists, and anesthesiologists. It will also serve as an excellent instruction manual for medical residents and fellows as well as those paraprofessionals also involved in the care of these challenging patients.
Features: The book is well written and extensively referenced. Each chapter has many useful diagrams, tables, and figures. It is also economically priced, which is unusual for a book of this quality.
Assessment: This is a valuable publication on a difficult and misunderstood area of cardiopulmonary medicine. Clinical observations and data are clearly and succinctly presented for a wide range of readers to understand. I highly recommend it for personal and professional libraries.