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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Roberto F. Machado, MD (Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a unique compilation of physiologic and pathophysiologic aspects of the complex interactions between the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It is the second edition of a book that was originally published over a decade ago.
Purpose: The authors aim to describe the ways in which the cardiovascular and respiratory systems interact in health and disease. The book certainly achieves its goals, providing a much needed comprehensive review of the pathophysiology of heart-lung interactions.
Audience: Written by authorities in the field, the book is suited for readers with training or research interest in the areas of pulmonary, cardiology, and critical care medicine. People with substantial knowledge in these areas are likely to benefit the most from this book.
Features: The book is conveniently divided in three parts: basic physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical problems. Readers will find extensive information on the pathophysiology of heart and lung disorders ranging from basic concepts such as respiratory muscle mechanics to the molecular biology of cardiorespiratory failure. The section covering clinical problems stands out as a great resource for clinicians, providing tremendous insight on the pathophysiology of common disorders encountered in the practice of cardiology, pulmonary and critical care medicine.
Assessment: This new edition is most welcome. Although sometimes difficult to read, it is a comprehensive and updated compilation of all the important pathophysiologic and clinical aspects of cardiopulmonary problems.