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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gail M. Huber, MHPE, PT (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a new book on the topic of cardiopulmonary physical therapy. It covers specialty information and relates cardiopulmonary issues seen in patients without a primary diagnosis.
Purpose: The authors have written this as a entry-level textbook for application in a variety of settings. The authors did a good job of generally covering pathology and treatment, orienting practitioners to the acute care/intensive care setting as well as to cardiopulmonary issues that would be seen in other settings.
Audience: The authors are well-known clinical specialists in physical therapy. I think they have done a fine job of integrating the cardiac system and pulmonary system relative to primary disease (more the specialist realm) but even more the patient a physical therapist sees where these systems are additional problem areas.
Features: The illustrations and figures are very good; use of classic ones with the addition of newer ones augment the text. The references are adequate, but none are from after 1991. The index is clear. I find the table of contents too detailed. The overall appearance of the book is solid. Some features of the book I found exceptional were the case studies, the chapter on acute care setting, and summary bullets at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: This book would make an excellent choice as an entry-level textbook or as a reference in clinical centers where there are only occasional patients presenting with cardiopulmonary problems. I was surprised to find so little on heart/lung transplants, or at least it was not noted in the index. The authors did a good job of covering the life span, with the exception that normal aging is covered under pathophysiology. The summary bullets, case studies, and glossary add to this book's usefulness as an entry-level text.