Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the fifth edition of an overview textbook of pulmonary medicine with special emphasis on critical care problems of the lung originally published in 1983. The previous edition appeared in 2000.
Purpose: A concise but complete textbook containing essential knowledge is provided.
Audience: Busy practitioners and fellowship trainees are an appropriate audience. Intensivists or internists with a significant practice component of pulmonary medicine may also benefit. The authors are from leading pulmonary training centers in North America.
Features: The initial chapters describe anatomy and physiology pertinent to pulmonologists while later sections are devoted to physical examination, imaging, and specific respiratory diseases. A concluding group of seven chapters reviews critical illness from the perspective of the critical care pulmonologist. All 26 chapters are clearly written. Tables are used to good effect and radiographs of various kinds reproduce with adequate quality. An excellent reference list of original contributions accompanies each chapter and references date to within two years of publication. Chapter title and type is included in the table of contents along with listing of authorship. The concluding subject index of approximately 30 pages provides access to content and separate citations for figures and tables.
Assessment: The fifth edition of this book continues to be a successful resource. Core considerations for the pulmonologist or internist working in the respiratory ICU are presented well. New authors and content reflect recent thinking, particularly in the management of important critical care problems such as ARDS and sepsis. Despite broadened coverage of critical care topics, the focus here remains the lung.
3 Stars from Doody
This book is a concise, clear, and uncomplicated collection of the essential aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine. The purpose is to provide a resource in which one can easily access a readable, practical, and well-referenced discussion of one of the major topics in this field. The current need for such a book is equivocal, yet the editors have succeeded in providing a good core text for pulmonary and critical care medicine. This book in intended for those who need a text that can be read thoroughly as a general review or to provide a concise, rapidly accessible review of a specific topic. The authors have successfully targeted trainees (particularly at the fellow level) as well as the general and subspecialty practicing physicians. The many contributing authors are recognized authorities in the field. The book has a moderate amount of black-and-white illustrations, including chest radiographs and summary tables. The references are numerous and typically up-to-date. The table of contents and index are adequate. The overall appearance of the book is simple and succinct. The book's value is as a core text for an immense field of study. This book is likely to be a useful text for trainees and practitioners in pulmonary and critical care medicine who desire a simpler and more concise source of information in these areas. As a single volume source, it is a good alternative to a the typical two-volume extensive major textbook in this area of medicine.
This is the fourth edition of a multiauthored review textbook of pulmonary and critical care medicine. Provided is a concise, readable textbook for the trainee and practitioner to obtain the essentials of this subject. Practitioners of pulmonary, multidisciplinary critical care medicine and those treating patients with respiratory diseases are an appropriate audience for this work. The editors and most of the contributors come from Yale, Vanderbilt, the University of California system, and Louisiana State University. Twenty-six chapters and a subject index are included in approximately 700 pages in this handsome hardbound volume. In opening chapters contributors describe pertinent anatomy and respiratory physiology. Subsequent chapters are focused on specific respiratory diseases. Included are presentations on occupational and environmental problems as well as sleep disorders, specific considerations in the elderly, lung transplantation, and various forms of respiratory infections. Concluding chapters are focused on critical care with particular emphasis on the patient with hypoxemic or hypercapnic respiratory failure. Chapters are clearly written and adequately referenced. References date to within one year of publication. Radiographs, which reproduce well, and figures, which reproduce with average quality, are appropriately placed. Chapters are divided by major topics and authorship is provided in the table of contents. The concluding subject index includes separate citations for figures and tables. This is a nicely updated continuation of a successful series of works begun in the early 80's. This tool is useful for both the pulmonary and non-pulmonary intensivistencountering respiratory problems in the management of critical illness. A surprising part of presentation is the lack of comments on mechanical ventilation as this is a large part of the pulmonologist input in the management of the intensive care patient. An appendix with the collection of hemodynamic and gas exchange relationships described within would also be useful.
**** The second edition (1990) is cited in Brandon-Hill. A clinically-oriented "essentials" text that presents a concise yet comprehensive summary of the field of pulmonary and critical care medicine. The volume is divided into four sections: pulmonary structure and function; diagnostic studies in patients with respiratory problems; evaluation and management of lung disease; and the critically ill patient. Responding to changes in the field of critical care medicine since the first edition, this section in the current edition is expanded from four to seven chapters. All chapters have been extensively rewritten to ensure the timeliness of the content. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)