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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Lazar, MD (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: As the morbidity related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) increases, medical books must address the many facets of this disease. This one provides a clear, comprehensive review, using highly specific chapters to organize each aspect of the disease. Although most illustrations and graphs are grayscale, they favorably complement the text. Finally, a special section incorporates high quality photomicrographs related to COPD.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive overview of COPD.
Audience: The four editors are leaders in the study of COPD. Each chapter is written by a nationally or internationally recognized expert. This book will appeal to a broad spectrum of healthcare professionals including nurses, respiratory therapists, home care providers, physicians-in-training, primary care physicians, and pulmonary specialists.
Features: Section 1 (9 chapters) introduces COPD, providing an overview of physiology. Section 2 (7 chapters) describes clinical conditions which can overlap with COPD. Section 3 describes basic science related to COPD. The remaining 41 chapters (sections 4-7) cover the pathogenesis, treatment, and other diseases which impact COPD. The book progresses logically through chapters and sections. The organization allows readers to easily grasp concepts related to COPD. For example, the chapter on sleep in COPD patients improves awareness of this important, yet under-recognized, area.
Assessment: This book does an outstanding job of outlining the major aspects of COPD, including its physiology, pathogenesis, complications, and treatment options. Topics are organized logically and each chapter has ample references, graphs, and diagrams highlighting important concepts. The only deficiency is that it neglects to address the interrelationship between COPD and other common diseases (coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, depression, etc.). Exploring the associations between COPD and other diseases in future editions might be warranted.