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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alain F. Broccard, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This book essentially reviews most of the important pulmonology articles published in the last year from more than 50 journals. Along with a short review of the articles are comments from the editors with some important references pertaining to each article.
Purpose: Though this book has no preface, the title is self explanatory. The editors/authors of this book, after reviewing hundreds of journal articles, select important and relevant ones and review them here. Each journal article includes comments from the editors that explain the impact of the article on clinical medicine. The value of the book is that many journals are reviewed for relevant articles, which is not possible for a practicing physician to do. These are worthy objectives.
Audience: This is written primarily with a focus on fellows/physician in the pulmonary field. But final year medical students and residents should be able to use it. The editors are well qualified to review the articles.
Features: Since this book is a compilation of the most relevant articles published in pulmonary field, almost all topics are covered. There are over nine chapters that appropriately group the articles according to topic. The comments are helpful in understanding the article better, especially the relevant references associated with it. The coverage of articles regarding sleep disordered breathing is most helpful. Since this is not an evidence-based review, it would be helpful if the quality of the articles is discussed by the editors.
Assessment: There is no other book that has similar objectives. It is a useful book to read. Most of the important (landmark) articles are well publicized and read by most if not all pulmonary physicians, but it is not possible to review all other relevant articles that get published in other journals. This book does a good job of bringing them all together in one book.