Anita K. Simonds, MD, FRCP
Arnold, 2001. Distributor: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0-340-76259-4, NLM: WF 145, 304 pp, soft cover, $49.50.
Reviewer's Expert Opinion:
Although this multiauthor monograph on the utilization of noninvasive ventilation is intended as a handbook, it presents an excellent overview of the subject.
Included are the latest observations regarding the utilization of noninvasive ventilation including the “nuts and bolts” and outcome data.
Respiratory care practitioners, trainees in various types of respiratory medicine, and senior practitioners may benefit from this work. Authors are senior practitioners in respiratory medicine from the United Kingdom and Italy.
A historical overview in the preface precedes the 20 chapters in this softbound manual. The book begins with a description of devices and techniques for noninvasive ventilation, followed by utilization of this form of respiratory support in acute and chronic care settings. Chapters are well written and effectively illustrated with black-and-white line drawings and photographs, which reproduce with good quality. Each chapter includes a brief reference list and the references date to the year of publication and represent important, primary sources from both the North American and Western European literature. The table of contents lists only chapter title and authorship while the index of approximately 10 pages provides adequate access to the topics in the book.
This book may be compared with Hill's Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation: Principles and Applications (Futura, 2001) published earlier this year. Both works offer an excellent overview of noninvasive ventilation, but the Simonds book offers access to the most current literature review on the subject. This book should be a standard reference for this type of respiratory support. Commendable aspects of the book are the breadth of topic coverage, including details on devices that are now available, and use of the latest consensus papers in derivation of recommendations.