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From The CriticsReviewer: Atul Mehta, MD (Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a concise textbook of pulmonary medicine mainly geared towards busy clinicians and fellows in training worldwide.
Purpose: The book bas been created with a worthy objective of providing a quick, updated, easy to read, clinically oriented reference on pulmonary diseases. The editors have also been successful in making the publication attractive to readers worldwide by inviting contributors from ten different countries. The editors of this modern day textbook have taken full advantage of computer technology in creating beautiful diagrams, tables, and colorful, easy to follow algorithms. Thus, the final product not only meets, but exceeds the stated objectives.
Audience: Even though the editors claim that the focus of the text is on medical students, residents, pulmonary fellows, family practitioners, and pulmonologists, in my opinion the details provided in several chapters make it more suitable for busy pulmonologists and fellows in training. This is further borne out by a quick glance at the list of contributors and assignments in the areas of their expertise.
Features: The contents clearly make this book stand up to its title. Besides encompassing common lung conditions such as tumors, fibrosis, COPD, occupational diseases, infection, and sleep disorder contributors also detail physiology, diagnostics, radiology, basics, etc. Most chapters are presented in simple, easy to read language and discussions are to the point. Appropriate selection of colorful diagrams and inclusion of key photographs make the reading enjoyable and memorable. The abundance of photographic documentation is truly the wealth of this publication. In my opinion the chapters on imaging and COPD are outstanding, not only for the content but also for the organization and the reference list. It would be a bit hypercritical to point out the flaws in this enormous undertaking by the world-renowned trio. Nevertheless there is some inconsistency in the details and the references provided in each chapter.
Assessment: The field of pulmonary medicine is flooded with single volume or multi-volume textbooks, monographs, handbooks, and periodicals. This book stands out among all due to the prestige of the editors, contents, attractive pictures, and practical approach. It belongs to the bookshelves of all pulmonary fellows and clinicians.