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Overview

A companion monograph to West's Respiratory Physiology, which examines normal respiratory function, Pulmonary Pathophysiology focuses on the function of the diseased lung. The text offers a clear, concise overview of the most essential information regarding disease states of the lung, emphasizing structure and function. A question and answer section is included.

This Seventh Edition offers more coverage of lung cancer and infectious diseases affecting the lungs, and has more tables to aid in rapid review. All questions now conform to current USMLE format, and answers include rationales for all answer choices.

The fully searchable text is available online on thePoint.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael P Maddens, MD (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This book explains and describes the pathophysiology, structure, function, and related pulmonary tests of the major categories of lung disease and illness. It first describes pulmonary tests and measurements used to explain and quantify lung disease. It then proceeds to categorically address all major categories of disease processes, using solid figures and graphs to illustrate needed points as well as including pictures and micrographs to tie in pathology. The sixth edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to teach pulmonary pathophysiology to second year medical students and to provide a concise review for physicians further in their medical training. Dr. West adequately attains these goals in this concise book.
Audience: Dr. West is an internationally recognized expert in pulmonology. His book is a great source of information for medical students who aspire to become great physicians. He neatly, concisely, and appropriately describes the major points of pathophysiology pertinent to pulmonary medicine. Further, the book serves as a wonderful review for residents and practicing physician alike.
Features: The book begins by explaining pulmonary function tests and their importance to understanding lung physiology and disease processes. It does refer heavily to his physiology book Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials, 7th edition, (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004), but it covers material above the basic physiology in a very complete manner. The book then proceeds to break down lung diseases by discussing obstructive, restrictive, vascular, and environmental diseases with complete chapters devoted to each area. It concludes with the major topics of respiratory failure, oxygen, and mechanical ventilation. Lastly, three appendixes which are used to address references, lab normal values, and the answers to the review questions at the end of every chapter which serve as a wonderful assessment of understanding of each chapter's key points. Throughout the book, Dr. West uses black, white, and red charts, in text highlights and pictures to illustrate the major points.
Assessment: This book does a great job of addressing the major points of pathophysiology relating to pulmonary medicine. Although it uses strong graphs and illustrations, the book could be improved by color pictures. It does a strong job addressing the structure and function link that is the center of pathophysiology, but limits its reach into treatment of these diseases for the benefit of conciseness. I would recommend this book to second year medical students as a useful guide to pulmonary pathophysiology as a building block to their clinical training.
Norberto C. Gonzalez
This fifth edition of a well known book by a highly respected respiratory physiologist addresses the mechanisms responsible for abnormal pulmonary function. The book is divided into three main sections: lung function tests; function of the diseased lung, covering the pathophysiology of common pulmonary diseases; and function of the failing lung, describing respiratory failure and its treatment. Normal values, suggested further reading, and study questions are included in appendixes. It is intended as a companion to a popular physiology monograph by the author. Its objective is to provide the basic concepts needed to understand the mechanisms responsible for abnormal pulmonary function in the most common lung diseases. The target audience includes medical students, internists, cardiologists, and anesthesiologists, as well as allied health personnel. This book fills in important need since there are few sources for a comprehensive, concise, basic introduction to pulmonary pathophysiology like that presented here. Important features include an adequate number of simple, clear illustrations of excellent educational value, an up-to-date and adequate reference list, and study questions. This book clearly demonstrates that pulmonary medicine is largely applied physiology. The emphasis on physiological mechanisms represents an excellent bridge between pulmonary physiology and medicine. The illustrations very nicely complement the text in presenting difficult concepts in a clear and concise manner. This fifth edition has been significantly updated without an increase in length, a commendable feat. It is easy to read, and should continue to provide a solid pathophysiological base to thoseinterested in understanding pulmonary disease.
Booknews
This revised and updated edition (third in 1987) combines with its companion, Respiratory physiology--the essentials, 4th edition (1990), to provide a concise overview of the function of the normal and diseased lung, primarily for medical students in their second and subsequent years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781764148
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: Point (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins) Series
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Lung Function Tests and What They Mean
Ch. 1 Ventilation 3
Ch. 2 Gas Exchange 17
Ch. 3 Other Tests 37
Pt. 2 Function of the Diseased Lung
Ch. 4 Obstructive Diseases 51
Ch. 5 Restrictive Diseases 81
Ch. 6 Vascular Diseases 101
Ch. 7 Environmental and Other Diseases 123
Pt. 3 Function of the Failing Lung
Ch. 8 Respiratory Failure 145
Ch. 9 Oxygen Therapy 159
Ch. 10 Machanical Ventilation 173
App. A Symbols, Units, and Normal Values 187
App. B References 191
App. C Further Reading 195
App. D Answers to Chapter Questions 197
Index 200
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