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Manual of Clinical Problems in Pulmonary Medicine, 5th Edition FREE TO VIEW

Srinivasan Devanathan, MBBS
Chest. 2001;120(2):692. doi:10.1378/chest.120.2.692-a
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Richard A. Bordow, Andrew L. Ries, and Timothy A. Morris. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000; 624 pp; $37.95

Manual of Clinical Problems in Pulmonary Medicine, 5th Edition is a useful addition to the growing collection of practical “how-to” books in the field of pulmonary medicine. Compiled in large part from contributions by the various members of the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), with additional input from renowned authors in the field across the country, this volume presents a broad overview of the various day-to-day problems in clinical pulmonary medicine. Addressing the enormous issues in this field in a compact, precise manner is a Herculean task, and great effort has been made to provide important details without overshadowing the essential facts.

The broad topics covered include the approach to commonly encountered symptoms, diagnostic procedures in pulmonary medicine, and a whole gamut of problems that every physician dealing with patients in this field will inevitably encounter, including infections, airway diseases, vascular disorders, and neuromuscular disease affecting the lung. In addition, special issues such as the effects of drug abuse, pregnancy, and influence of air travel and diving on the lung are succinctly addressed. The rapidly growing field of sleep medicine is recognized by way of updated chapters that provide important insight into the effects of sleep on respiratory function. Pulmonary hypertension and the various approaches to management of this heterogeneous disorder are particularly well addressed—not surprising, given the wealth of expertise on this topic available at UCSD. Last, but not least, the editors include useful information on the management of chronic obstructive lung disease (the major patient population of any pulmonary clinic), encompassing not only routine care issues, but also pulmonary rehabilitation and smoking cessation.

Overall, given the constraints imposed by its size and by its expressed aim to serve as an immediate reference tool for clinicians in training, the Manual of Clinical Problems in Pulmonary Medicine, 5thEdition impresses as a compact, user-friendly, first-stop information source that is a portable, reliable, and useful addition to the library of anyone interested in the active practice of pulmonary medicine.

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Albuquerque, New Mexico




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