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Arthur F. Gelb, MD, FCCP
Chest. 2002;122(4):1502. doi:10.1378/chest.122.4.1502
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By Michael Argenziano, MD, and Mark E. Ginsburg, MD, eds. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, 2001; 273 pp; $144

I was delighted when the editor of the “Bookshelf” section of CHEST asked me to review Lung Volume Reduction Surgery, as I have a more-than-passing interest in this topic. This is a gem of a book that provides in-depth coverage, not only of lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), but also of COPD and emphysema. The chapters on LVRS were authored by recognized experts in the field who have accumulated years of hands-on experience treating patients with COPD. The authors are clearly professionals, not dilettantes with limited clinical experience, and they provide detailed discussions of patient selection, postoperative care, nursing, rehabilitation, and surgical techniques.

In addition to the excellent chapters on LVRS, I was impressed with the chapters that addressed the issues of COPD and emphysema etiology (including molecular and physiologic mechanisms), diagnostic techniques, and medical and surgical management. These chapters were well written by clinicians/investigators who exhibit a thorough working knowledge of their subject, providing the reader with accurate and comprehensive information, including a valuable bibliography. I particularly enjoyed reading the chapter on the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of emphysema by Neil Schluger and Jeanine D’ Armiento, and the chapter on lung transplantation and LVRS in the treatment of advanced emphysema by Larry L. Schulman.

Lung Volume Reduction Surgery impressed me as an invaluable book for pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons who treat patients with advanced pulmonary emphysema. This book should be a valuable prelude to the results of the National Emphysema Treatment Trial, which are anticipated by early next year. The editors should be commended for creating an excellent resource concerning this important subject.




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