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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Warren Bradley Fields, MD (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: Currently, there are more questions about the pulmonary vasculature than there are definitive answers, and much of this area remains in its infancy. With the aim of creating the premier reference in pulmonary vascular disease, the editors, appropriately, simultaneously seek to deliver the available clinical data along with the most current scientific research. The book begins by detailing the known elements of structure and physiology, then outlines several research tools commonly used in the investigation of pulmonary vasculature before covering mechanisms of pulmonary vascular injury, disease states, and available treatment.
Purpose: It is intended as a reference for those who wish to investigate, or treat patients with, pulmonary vascular disease. Clinical aspects, such as disease states, proper diagnoses, and available therapies, are reviewed in extensive detail. Scientific and research material get less robust treatment. Contributions are made by recognized authorities in their fields.
Audience: The intended audience centers on clinicians, but physician scientists, principal investigators, and others with an interest in pulmonary vascular research also can use it as a reference. The editors also hope to reach "healthcare workers and students," but the breadth of material makes this book most useful to those with some background in pulmonary vascular disease.
Features: The five broad areas of the book cover the structure and function of pulmonary vasculature, followed by approaches to research. The book then reviews pathophysiology, with separate divisions on disease states and available treatments. Tables and graphs keep to concrete data. There is some overlap between sections on pathophysiology and disease states, with the latter directed more toward practitioners.
Assessment: This is a unique book and has no comparison. Clinicians will find it expanding their knowledge in pulmonary vascular disease. Chapters are well footnoted and include contacts for lead authors. Investigators will find frequent clinical correlates to their area of interest. The authors are largely successful in meeting their impressive intent — I will refer to this text regularly.