Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Xenia T. Tigno, BS, MS, PhD (University of the Philippines College of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive survey of the vast area of information concerning the role of peripheral arterial chemoreceptors in cardiovascular and respiratory regulation.
Purpose: The book intends to provide the reader with state-of-the-art information on peripheral chemoreceptors. It also seeks to present an integrated, logical thesis of the roles of the receptors, based on the plethora of currently available research data.
Audience: The book is not meant for the reader who wants a brief superficial grasp of the subject. Rather, it is intended for the more demanding reader: the honors undergraduate biology student, the graduate student in physiology, lecturers, researchers or fellow experts, and any readers who require an in-depth authoritative review of the subject.
Features: Highly pertinent illustrations are included, although larger graphics would have been more reader-friendly. The exhaustive background material ranges from the early historical works to the more recent ones of the early 1990s. The chapters on clinical applications; variations during sleep, exercise, and anesthesia; and general conclusions and the appendixes explaining selected physiological parameters are welcome features.
Assessment: The extensive and in-depth treatment of the subject of peripheral arterial chemoreceptors makes the book a useful desk reference for lecturers of cardiopulmonary physiology. It is an invaluable addition to the collection of any medical library. A variety of readership stands to benefit from this book, including those who are interested in the history behind some of the important classical concepts in physiology, the researcher or teacher who wishes to know the methods by which these concepts were established, the student who wishes a thorough foundation of the subject matter, and the clinician who wishes to know the role of these receptors in the overall response of his patient. Chapters devoted to clinical applications, variations during physiologic states such as neonatal and fetal life, sleep and exercise, and during anesthesia, add color and interest to the book.