Textbook of Pleural Diseases

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This international and authoritative treatise covers all aspects of pleural disease. Beginning with a comprehensive introductory section to provide guidance to, and aid understanding of, the basic mechanisms that underlie pleural diseases, the book follows with a series of clinical chapters, discussing all the common and less common pleural diseases. These chapters in this section will be written to a uniform structure covering definition, incidence and epidemiology, etiology and pathogenesis, clinical presentation, investigations, treatments, possible complications and directions for future development. Guidelines for management are included where appropriate and each chapter concludes with a summary highlighting practical patient management 'tips'. The book will be an invaluable reference for, and consulted frequently by, specialist pulmonologists with an interest in pleural diseases, and will also be a useful library reference for trainee and other pulmonary physicians.

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Reviewer: 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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340807941
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard W. Light is Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University; and Director of the Pulmonary Disease Program, Saint Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Y. C. Gary Lee is Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford; Honorary Respiratory Physician, Osler Chest Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, U.K; and Honorary Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Asthma and Allergy Research Institute, Perth, Australia

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Table of Contents

1 Part One - Basic Science
Embryology and gross structure
Cells in the pleural cavity
Liquid and protein exchange
Physiological effects of pleural air or fluid
Pleural inflammation
Cytokines in pleural diseases
Pleural infection
Pleural fibrosis
Pleural reaction to mineral dusts
Genetics of malignant mesothelioma
Experimental models in pleural disease
Experimental models of mesothelioma
2 Part Two - Clinical Science
Approach to patients with pleural diseases
Pleural fluid analysis
Diagnostic radiology
Interventional radiology
Pleural histology
Pleural cytology, tumor markers and immunohistochemistry
Effusions from cardiac diseases
Effusions from vascular causes
Effusions from malignancy
Effusions from Parapneumonic infection and empyema
Effusions from tuberculosis
Effusions from atypical infections
Effusions in immunocompromised hosts
Effusions in lymphatic disruptions
Effusions from collagen vascular disease
Effusions due to drugs
Effusions after surgery
Hepatic hydrothorax
Effusions due to gastrointestinal disease
Effusions due to obstetrical and gynaecological conditions
Benign Asbestos pleural diseases
Malignant mesothelioma
Spontaneous pneumothorax
Pediatric pleural diseases
Drainage and biopsy techniques
Medical thoracoscopy
Surgery of the pleural cavity
Gene therapy
Future directions

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