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From The CriticsReviewer: Kieran J. Nicholson, MD(Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a two-volume comprehensive review of respiratory diseases originally published in 1988.
Purpose: The book aims for complete and expert, yet accessible, coverage of the field of respiratory medicine. Although there are several similar texts available, this work provides the best coverage of this medical subspeciality.
Audience: The book is intended for many levels of readers, ranging from interested students through board-certified practitioners. The authors and contributors are widely recognized authorities on respiratory medicine.
Features: The text is broadly divided into three sections: scientific basis, diagnosis, and clinical practice. It is well written, nicely illustrated, and superbly referenced with both classic and current citations. The only omission is the absence of color plates demonstrating pulmonary pathology specimens. Newer areas such as transplantation are expertly covered.
Assessment: This textbook is an extensive and necessary update of the first edition. It is the best general reference work available in the field. This work should be included in any individual or institutional collection of pulmonary texts.