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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan A Trombley, AAS, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: Comprehensively updated and revised, this second edition of a concise overview of the pulmonary system continues to be an outstanding reference for healthcare professionals and students alike.
Purpose: The book provides a physiological foundation to support clinical practice. While it presents basic anatomy of the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and renal systems, it focuses mainly on in-depth explanations of the physiological processes.
Audience: This revision is a valuable resource for respiratory therapy students, practicing therapists, critical care nurses, and medical students. It would also be useful for those who manage and coordinate respiratory care plans.
Features: Each chapter begins with a content outline, learning objectives, and a list of key terms. Clinical focus boxes situate the subject matter in a clinical context to help students adopt modes of thinking to reinforce theory with practice. The bolded medical terms are defined in context rather than in a separate glossary, helping understanding.
Assessment: This second edition is a must have. It is well written and the author goes to great lengths to present traditionally difficult material in easy to understand concepts. This book is highly recommended and would be a valued resource in any medical or college/university library.