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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kevin McCarthy, R-CPT(Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book is comprised of expanded lectures that were part of a course given regularly at Hammersmith Hospital in London on Clinical Applications of Pulmonary Function. The authors intentionally omit detailed technical explanations of how the tests are conducted and instead provide readers with excellent discussions of why the tests are done and how to interpret abnormal findings.
Purpose: The purpose is to offer a unique presentation of pulmonary function tests that comprehensively covers most clinical applications while focusing on the physiological principles that explain why a test may or may not be useful. This objective has been met.
Audience: The book is intended for pulmonologists, pulmonary fellows in training, and pulmonary function technologists who want to expand their knowledge of the clinical application of pulmonary function tests. Spirometry and lung volumes are presented in a way that focuses on the underlying physiological principles and discussion of the pathophysiology that causes abnormalities. The diffusing capacity is very well covered in both the gas exchange section and a special chapter devoted to interpretation of the diffusing capacity in interstitial lung disease.
Features: There are extensive discussions on material that is usually difficult to find in pulmonary function texts such as sleep-disordered breathing, evaluation for home oxygen therapy and assisted ventilation, pediatric pulmonary function testing, and pulmonary function testing in the intensive care unit. One chapter is devoted to brief presentations of different clinical conditions and typical pulmonary function tests that highlight the abnormality and provide a window from which to view improvement or deterioration of function.
Assessment: The book is full of collections of pearls — small tables that summarize important points that are expanded upon in the text. The excellent discussions of clinical application of pulmonary function set this book apart from most pulmonary function texts and make it likely to become an often-used reference.