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Respiratory Medicine Specialist Handbook FREE TO VIEW

Ashok Shah, MD
Chest. 2002;122(6):2270. doi:10.1378/chest.122.6.2270-a
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By J. Paul Dilworth and David R. Baldwin, eds. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Harward Academic Publishers, 2001; 701 pp; $39.50

Respiratory Medicine Specialist Handbook provides basic but necessary information regarding respiratory medicine to trainees in this rapidly evolving field. The two distinguished editors have persuaded reknowned British pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons to present current information in a compact form.

This succinct book, comprising 31 chapters, is skillfully structured and commences with a section on crucial pulmonary diagnostic techniques. The chapter on pulmonary function tests is remarkable for condensing so much information in so few pages. The segment on thoracic imaging displays the normal roentgenologic anatomy and carries representative plates on different disease patterns. However, a few more roentgenograms at appropriate places would have vastly embellished the text. Innovative chapters such as pulmonary disease in pregnancy; the respiratory risks involved in flying, diving, and climbing; and palliative care make the material relevant to current practice. A separate exposition on chronic cough recognizes the importance of one of the more common symptoms experienced by our patients. The descriptions of sleep apnea syndromes and lung infections deserve to be singled out for the comprehensive approach adopted. Readers will also find material covering current concepts in lung transplantation and thoracic surgery. For future editions, the editors might consider subdividing the material on diffuse parenchymal lung disease in order to improve the reader’s ability to comprehend the nuances of this topic. All of the other standard subjects, such as asthma, COPD, lung cancer, pleural diseases, and tuberculosis, are dealt with adequately. Finally, the editors should be complemented for enhancing the value of this book by including imaginative chapters on teaching and research, two essential components for the evolution of any field.

The strength of Respiratory Medicine Specialist Handbook lies in the wealth of up-to-date information, written in a lucid manner, and backed by many reader-friendly diagrams, tables, and flowcharts, and including some key references. All in all, this portable guide would be a handy companion, as a ready reference in the wards, for residents in respiratory medicine.




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