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From The CriticsReviewer: Ruxandra Ionescu, M.D.(William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This book offers a practical approach to respiratory medicine, useful to both students and junior physicians. Structured in three parts, the book is a collection of cases and an overview of the theoretical literature, as well as a self-assessment tool.
Purpose: The intent is to provide real-life medical experience and answers to common questions. It is also the authors' goal to prepare students and physicians for exams in the British medical system. The authors succeed in offering a useful insight into clinical respiratory medicine.
Audience: The book is addressed to junior doctors, doctors entering specialist respiratory training, and medical students. The authors wrote it to answer questions that were posed by their students during classes.
Features: The first of the three parts is a review of anatomy, physiology, physical examination, and testing of the respiratory system. The second part includes 29 case presentations that cover a wide variety of respiratory diseases. The authors walk readers through each case by asking a question with every step and giving prompt and concise answers. The key points of each case discussion are highlighted at the end of the case, making them easy to absorb. Each case is accompanied by relevant pictures and graphics as well as anatomic pathology slides when pertinent. The last part is a test with multiple choice questions and answers. North American readers will have to get used to European terminology and laboratory value expressions to get the most out of the case data.
Assessment: Students and physicians who need an initiation into respiratory medicine would benefit from reading this book. It is also a useful tool for those who would like to have a quick and concise virtual clinical tour of respiratory medicine.