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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael F O'Connor, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This book gives an understanding of the medical and design principles surrounding the design and use of respiratory equipment.
Purpose: This book is intended for medical students, physician assistants, and respiratory therapists with an understanding of the medical and design principles surrounding the design and use of respiratory equipment. It succeeds relatively well in explaining many of the principles, but devotes too much attention to the details of currently available equipment.
Audience: The audience includes medical students, nurses, respiratory therapists, and physician assistants. Dr. Bone is among the most respected of pulmonary and critical care physicians.
Features: The number and quality of illustrations are excellent. The overall appearance of the book is excellent.
Assessment: This review of the medical and engineering principles surrounding the design and use of cardiorespiratory equipment is intended for a broad audience. It concentrates on equipment used in medical units in the U.S., and hence will be less useful to practitioners outside the U.S. Nevertheless, it will be a valuable addition to any departmental library or intensivist's reference collection.