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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Melissa B King-Biggs, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is an updated and improved version of the author's classic text on pleural disease. The book has been improved by the addition of a substantial section on the basic science of pleural disease to the clinical science information.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive book dedicated to pleural diseases. As all physicians and scientists who deal with pulmonary disease know, this is a much needed reference, and these objectives are well met by this publication.
Audience: The book is written for both clinicians and scientists whose work involves the pleura. Easy enough for residents to read and understand, it provides a good enough overview to be relevant to experienced pulmonary practitioners. In addition, the references provide the opportunity to research each topic in more depth. The authors are recognized experts in this field.
Features: The first half of the book covers basic science principles of pleural cell biology, anatomy and physiology. It then addresses some typical reactions of the pleura to certain disease states. The second half of this book covers clinical topics of pleural disease, beginning with the approach to the patient, interpretation of tests, and an overview of many different disease states. The disease state overviews are only moderately comprehensive, but they provide a good foundation. Each chapter also has highlighted key points. One excellent addition is the annotation of the reference lists, which highlights key primary papers as well as major review articles. This is a great tool, especially for teaching housestaff and fellows. There is also a new section with many high quality color illustrations.
Assessment: This book, like the prior edition, is certain to become a classic on every pulmonologist's shelf. It updates the previous version well, and expands the basic science component.