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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alexander B. Adams, RRT (Regions Hospital)
Description: This is an ambitious attempt to bring a complex topic, cardiopulmonary pharmacology, down to a level of basic instruction. Cartoons, features within the margins and an integrated Web site have been developed to engage the readers.
Purpose: The purpose is to generate the interest of the first year respiratory care student in the complex area of cardiopulmonary pharmacology. The unique features and the basic instructional text help to achieve that goal. Although the book appears to meet that goal, it is not clear that the demand for this sort of book is great.
Audience: The audience is a beginning student in respiratory care. Valuable basic instruction is provided in a friendly, readable style. The book is not referenced and certain sections are strikingly simple.
Features: Chapters on the principles of pharmacology, treatment methods, bronchodilators, and medical gases are well written, although sometimes incomplete, but fun to read. Chapters on cardiac/renal agents, anesthetic/sedation agents, anti-inflammatory and anti-infective agents are, at times, less relevant to this audience yet continue to be enjoyable reading. There are many innovative methods to capture the readers' interest: cases, controversies, clinical pearls, stop and review sections, glossaries, etc.
Assessment: This book is uniquely targeted to students of respiratory care by offering basic instruction using an innovative set of techniques to gain their attention. This purpose is admirably achieved. The book lacks the depth to become a reference for this topic, but it may be useful as a guide for credentialing exams. Other books in this area tend to be references that are more complete for purposes such as verifying knowledge, checking contraindications, and finding dosages.