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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: K. P. Ravikrishnan, FRCP (C), FACP (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This excellent resource for researchers working in the area of respiratory control is full of original work presented at the 10th Oxford conference held in 2006 in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. Editors Marc J. Poulin and Richard J. A. Wilson provide a nice foreword.
Purpose: This is a compendium of the proceedings of the conference, which is a forum for respiratory physiologists, clinicians, and affiliated research personal from around the world.
Audience: Researchers and clinicians in pulmonary and sleep medicine will find this book valuable, as will respiratory physiologists, students, and trainees in pulmonary diseases.
Features: The first three chapters are superb work dealing with historical and future directions in control of breathing. Dr. West's brief look into the history and J. S. Haldane's contribution is must reading and an outstanding beginning to the book. The papers on neural mechanisms of respiratory control and genetics of respiratory control are treasures for physiologists. Bedside clinicians will find the work overwhelming, but I am sure reading about respiratory control anomalies in diseases like Rett syndrome will be interesting topics for discussion.
Assessment: This is a good referral resource for researchers who are actively working in the field of respiratory control. The historical look and many basic papers delve into the hard work of respiratory physiologists trying to get below the surface to look at the very core of respiratory control.