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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Luke Curtis, MS, IHIT (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This is a broad-based, interesting, and easy to read compendium of articles on ventilation, bioaerosols, and chemical hazards in hospital settings. The articles are written by a wide range of experts from Italy, Scandinavia, Russia, and the United States, and cover a wide range of subarctic and temperate climates.
Purpose: This book is very timely in that many of these indoor air quality issues have only recently been examined in detail. It includes timely articles on current "hot topics" such as latex allergy and spread of Aspergillus and tuberculosis in hospitals.
Audience: This book should be useful for a wide range of professionals, including infection control officers, industrial hygienists, building managers, microbiologists, physicians, and nurses.
Features: The articles included in this book are wide ranging and well balanced. Many of the articles are fairly general in nature. Readers interested in specific problems and their measurement techniques will have to read other sources. Many good references are listed in the articles for readers interested in pursuing a topic further.
Assessment: This should be a useful and interesting introductory to intermediate book for those interested in hospital indoor air quality. The book is up-to-date, and is especially useful because there are relatively few books in this rapidly evolving field.