Manual of Clinical Problems in Pulmonary Medicine hardly needs any introduction to most pulmonologists in North America. The book is in print since the inception of modern pulmonary medicine and is in its seventh edition. This speaks not only for its popularity but also for its need among the practicing pulmonologists.
To begin with, the editors Drs Morris, Ries. and Bordow are the back bone of this highly successful project. Their expertise, experience, and the reputation make this publication glow among all other current pulmonary manuals. It is indeed a comprehensive publication with over 100 concise chapters on properly selected topics. To be more specific, a total of 102 chapters are covered by 90 some highly qualified experts from various subspecialties including pulmonary and critical care medicine, anesthesiology, internal medicine, radiology, radiation oncology, and physiology. Majority of the authors are from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) or are its alumni. The chapters are appropriately divided into 3 sections: Procedures, Presentations, and the Pathologies—which make the use of this book easier. Having encompassed the topics like Thoracic Ultrasound, Interventional Pulmonology, Protocol Driven Respiratory Care, and Quality Improvement, the publication adequately meets the needs of the modern day medicine. The chapters on Arterial Blood Gases, Pulmonary Function Testing, Exercise and Mechanical Ventilation make the book appealing for the pulmonary fellows in training. I have read several of the chapters and find the details highly educational. In my opinion, the chapter on Air Travel is highly informative and the highlight of the book; not taking away anything from the other excellent contributions. Pulmonary community is aware that UCSD is the Mecca for the patients with pulmonary Embolism. Needless to say that the chapters on “Unusual forms of Pulmonary Embolism” and Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension” by Peter F. Fedullo and William R. Auger and those by Dr Timothy A. Morris himself are outstanding. Pulmonary infections are thoroughly covered that justifies the title of the book, “Clinical Problems.” The up-to-date reference list is the hidden wealth of this publication. The subscribers of the Journal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology would also find their areas of interest very well covered by the established interventionalists.
Picking up this book from the desk provides me the same confidence as what “Washington Manual” used to do during my residency training. Of course, the seventh edition is no longer spiral bound and bit larger in number of pages (606) to be a pocket reference; however, the details are also available in electronic version for an easy access.
The very small font size makes the reading bit difficult and is indeed a weakness of the book (hard copy). I would have also appreciated pictures of some diagnostic chest radiographs, and endoscopic findings to make the reading more enjoyable; yet that might be hypercriticism.
Manual of Clinical Problems in Pulmonary Medicine belongs on the desk of very pulmonary fellow in training, hospitalists, and respiratory therapists. It is very reasonably priced (Amazone.com) and carries a shelf-life of at least 5 years.
Elif Küpeli, MD, FCCP
Pulmonary Department, Başkent University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey