Description: This is the second edition of a softbound introduction to mechanical ventilation.
Purpose: The editors compile a series of chapters describing the various changes in recent practice of mechanical ventilatory support. This is an area with much art and less science. Both are described here.
Audience: The house officer or medical student may benefit from this work. The authors and editors represent an international group of anesthesiologists and medical intensivists.
Features: Twenty-four chapters with a descriptive index are included in approximately 400 pages of this work. Content is divided into sections beginning with general considerations, modes of ventilation and disease-specific observations. Chapters are divided into major and minor subheads by type texture. A brief reference list concludes each chapter. References date to within 2 years of publication and comprise original work or selected reviews. Illustrations are black-and-white and reproduce with acceptable quality. The table of contents is divided by section and chapter heading. An index of moderate detail concludes this work.
Assessment: This handbook has been updated from the first edition to reflect recent changes in the practice of mechanical ventilation. It suffers from inconsistent chapter content and writing style, as is common with multiauthored works. Nonetheless, this is a palatable introduction to what could be a difficult subject for the inexperienced practitioner.