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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joel C Seidman, MD (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is the eighth edition of a book last published in 2006 that broadly addresses all aspects of pulmonary disease in infants, children, and adolescents. This edition is complemented by free online access to a website with additional resources.
Purpose: The purpose is to gather the observations of authorities from diverse experience to provide a comprehensive review of the current state of the art in pediatric pulmonology.
Audience: The audience includes primary care pediatricians, pediatric pulmonologists and intensivists, as well as adult pulmonologists who receive referrals of patients surviving to adulthood. Nurses, respiratory therapists, and rehabilitation professionals would find the book selectively informative.
Features: The book focuses on the broad categories in pediatric pulmonology and augments substantially the presentation of the last edition. Chapters amply address the entire gamut of bronchopulmonary pathophysiology and clinical practice, stressing recent changes in thinking and new developments in diagnostic technology, procedural process, and pharmacotherapeutics. Illustrations and graphics are of satisfactory quality and are generally sufficient to carry out the ends of each chapter. The bibliographies at the end of chapters are appropriate, relevant, and timely. Radiographic reproductions are of relatively good quality, but not ideal as is often the case in print books.
Assessment: It would be fair to call this collaboration of more than 150 international experts "the reference" in pediatric pulmonary medicine. For pediatric pulmonologists, the book achieves its intended goals extraordinarily well. For general pediatric practitioners, it comes across as very reachable. It is an essential resource for those in the practice of pediatric pulmonology.