The second section comprises about half of the book and is also generally well-done. Real-world, patient-centered cases are the dominant feature of each chapter. The accompanying text provides essential background information needed to solve these clinical vignettes, each of which artfully represents real situations and thus serves to develop critical thinking. Bread-and-butter topics such as asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, obstructive sleep apnea, and cardiogenic pulmonary edema are extensively covered in dedicated chapters. These are well- developed expositions that include information on pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment. While the content is significantly detailed in these chapters, it is presented in an easily readable manner. Trauma, AIDS, ARDS, and neuromuscular diseases are addressed nicely in addition to pediatric and neonatal issues. While each of these subjects is too broad for a single source to address all of their intricacies, the essentials of caring for these patients are provided.