New edition of a comprehensive overview of pulmonary diseases that supplies enough detail to appeal to the specialist, and enough basic medical science and background discussion to keep a good beginning medical student from feeling over his/her head. Emphasizing accurate diagnosis, this edition reflects the current focus on a genetic basis for many pulmonary abnormalities and the relevance of public health concerns when diagnosing and treating pulmonary infections. The contributors' approach to infectious diseases extrapolates from established standards of clinical bacteriology to diagnose and treat viral, rickettsial, and fungal diseases. Such discussions also integrate recent progress in chemotherapy and rehabilitation techniques. To further aid the clinician's skills, many chapters end with diagnostic tables that summarize that chapter's findings. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.