Description: This is the second edition of a unique and, probably, one-of-a-kind, monograph, broadly addressing normal bronchopulmonary anatomy and physiology, as well as a huge spectrum of disease process. While the text is not particularly exhaustive, it provides up-to-date generalities on epidemiology, presentation, and diagnostics, with limited commentaries upon treatment. What is most remarkable is the effort expended on the illustrations, by a talented physician-illustrator who has the background to create drawings based on an underlying scientific knowledge. Dr. Netter's drawings elaborate more detail than might be obtained by photographing a real patient or from a pathologic specimen or a particular radiograph. How often, in preparation of a pedagogic presentation, does one search for examples of a disease process in archives obtained from past experience and fail to find a truly good example? Yet such exists in Dr. Netter's repertoire.
Purpose: The purpose is to present clinical observations of normal bronchopulmonary anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology concurrently with outstanding illustrations, images which often must be imagined from descriptions in most other medical books.
Audience: The audience includes primary care internists, pulmonologists, and intensivists. However, the most useful application of the illustrations, to my thinking, might be for teaching medical students and residents early in their education when disease processes are first considered and, when properly selected, for patients capable of appreciating instruction in some depth regarding their disease.
Features: The book focuses on broad categories in pulmonology and augments substantially the presentation of the last edition. Illustrations and graphics are outstanding and make this the masterpiece that it is. The bibliographies at the end are sufficient for the intent of the book, relevant, and timely. The index is satisfactory.
Assessment: For pulmonologists, the book achieves its likely intended goals well. I would personally consider it an essential resource.