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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Charles D. McArthur, BA (Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital Mayo Health System)
Description: This is a well organized, clearly written book which respiratory therapy students will find easy to understand.
Purpose: The authors' purpose was to create a straightforward, easy-to-understand book that will help students to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. This book does fill a void in terms of its easy reading style and structure as well as coverage of current concepts in respiratory care. The authors have done an outstanding job of meeting their objectives.
Audience: The authors suggest the book is written for respiratory therapy students and respiratory therapists. I would agree with them. The authors are credible authorities in the subject matter.
Features: The book covers the practice of respiratory therapy including a historical perspective. The organization of the book is excellent. Standouts include the section on Scope of Practice, and the straightforward and easily understood writing style. The structure of the chapters is unique and I think it will foster thinking and learning beyond the text. The lack of color is a big shortcoming for me. The brevity of some content limits this book to use in schools and as a quick review for practitioners, but it should not be considered a fully referenced text.
Assessment: This is the most readily understandable, comprehensive respiratory therapy book that I have read. Students will love this book.