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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kieran J. Nicholson, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This is a two-volume ring-bound reference of pulmonary and critical care medicine.
Purpose: The stated purpose is that this book serve as a unique, easily updated, comprehensive, and definitive source for these two disciplines. The book's implied purpose is to be an accessible, comprehensive, and definitive source book in an easily updated format. A book of this type would be an extremely useful addition in these rapidly evolving fields; however, it fails to meet its objectives because several major topical areas are not covered. Practical management, especially in critical care areas, is frequently omitted.
Audience: The logical audience, although not defined, would be trainees and practitioners of pulmonary and critical care medicine.
Features: The unique ring-binder format allows owners to update existing sections and add new sections yearly. The text is well referenced and indexed and is of attractive appearance with beautiful illustrations.
Assessment: This book is uneven in coverage of topics. Basic science chapters are well written, but there are serious deficiencies both in the pulmonary section (e.g., lung transplant, pulmonary rehabilitation) and in the critical care section (e.g., poisoning, cardiac critical care). In addition, practical management is not emphasized. This is a good book in parts, but buyers would be better served by purchasing individual textbooks of pulmonary and critical care medicine. The format of the book willpermit rapid improvement of the these deficiencies.