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From The CriticsReviewer: David J. Dries, MD(University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the fifth edition of an overview textbook of pulmonary medicine with special emphasis on critical care problems of the lung originally published in 1983. The previous edition appeared in 2000.
Purpose: A concise but complete textbook containing essential knowledge is provided.
Audience: Busy practitioners and fellowship trainees are an appropriate audience. Intensivists or internists with a significant practice component of pulmonary medicine may also benefit. The authors are from leading pulmonary training centers in North America.
Features: The initial chapters describe anatomy and physiology pertinent to pulmonologists while later sections are devoted to physical examination, imaging, and specific respiratory diseases. A concluding group of seven chapters reviews critical illness from the perspective of the critical care pulmonologist. All 26 chapters are clearly written. Tables are used to good effect and radiographs of various kinds reproduce with adequate quality. An excellent reference list of original contributions accompanies each chapter and references date to within two years of publication. Chapter title and type is included in the table of contents along with listing of authorship. The concluding subject index of approximately 30 pages provides access to content and separate citations for figures and tables.
Assessment: The fifth edition of this book continues to be a successful resource. Core considerations for the pulmonologist or internist working in the respiratory ICU are presented well. New authors and content reflect recent thinking, particularly in the management of important critical care problems such as ARDS and sepsis. Despite broadened coverage of critical care topics, the focus here remains the lung.