Description: This book provides a comprehensive review of the field of lung and heart-lung transplantation.
Purpose: The authors succeed in their objective of providing a comprehensive discussion of the clinical and scientific basis of lung and heart-lung transplantation. The book encompasses not only medical indications for the procedures and technical aspects of surgery, but also very useful discussions of the long-term care of these challenging patients.
Audience: This will be a welcome addition to the reference library of anyone involved in the care of a lung transplant patient. In addition to pulmonologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, physicians in a multitude of specialties including radiology, infectious disease, and radiology will find this book useful and pertinent.
Features: The book provides a historical overview of the field, and then presents the evidence for current practices. In additions to the indications for transplantation, there is an extensive discussion of the immunologic basis of transplantation. There is extensive discussion of complications of transplantation, including immediate post-surgery and long-term infectious and immunologic complications. Given constant advances in the field, a second edition will be required.
Assessment: This will be of interest to physicians involved in the care of the lung transplant patient. It provides a comprehensive review of the subject and provides a discussion of the basis of current management practices.