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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey S. Crippin, M.D.(Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is an overview of solid organ transplantation directed at those new to the field. first edition appeared four to five years ago.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reference for students, housestaff, fellows, and practitioners interested in the field of solid organ transplantation. There is no similar book that encompasses ALL aspects of solid organ transplantation, including transplantation immunology, the pharmacology of immunosuppressive medications, with separate sections on heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation. The editors have done a masterful job in attaining this goal.
Audience: The book is directed at those new to the field, though transplant physicians and surgeons can certainly use it as an update on aspects of the field with which they lack familiarity. Furthermore, the information provided on other solid organ transplants is helpful for the physician whose practice may encompass the care of patients who have received different organs, e.g., nephrologists and infectious disease specialists. The editors, recognized leaders in their respective fields, have successfully attained this goal.
Features: The book covers the immunobiology of transplantation, the pharmacology of transplantation, medical complications of transplantation, organ procurement, the economics of transplantation, and has separatre sections on heart, lung, kidney/pancreas, and liver transplantation. The sections on medical complications and pharmacology are relatively unique to this book, and are particularly helpful to a primary care physician. The book also provides a list of recommended readings at the end of each chapter, supplying the trainee with a useful list of focused manuscripts for further study.
Assessment: This is a useful reference for those actively involved in the field, as well as for those peripherally involved in the care of transplant patients. In the face of nearly daily advances in the field, the second edition provides a useful update to the initial edition.