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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joel C Seidman, MD (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This update of a book that broadly addresses all aspects of pulmonary disease is significantly revised from the 2005 edition and includes access to an online version. It attempts to gather the observations of authorities from diverse experience, providing a comprehensive review of the current state of the art in pulmonology.
Purpose: All editions, including the latest, were likely envisioned as prospective tutorials and retrospective references, respectively, for pulmonologists in training and in practice.
Audience: The primary audience is pulmonologists, intensivists, and primary care internists, but nurses, respiratory therapists, and rehabilitators would undoubtedly find it selectively informative.
Features: The book focuses on the broad categories in pulmonology and augments substantially the presentation of the previous 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 appropriate and useful. The bibliographies contain relevant and timely citations. Radiographic reproductions are of mediocre quality, as they often are in books.
Assessment: It would be fair to call this "the" reference in pulmonary medicine. I would consider it an essential resource to add to my personal library.