PRACTICAL PULMONARY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE: DISEASE MANAGEMENT
Bibliographic Data: Editor: Zab, MD; Soo Hoo, Guy W., BS, MD, MPH.
Bibliographic Data: informa Healthcare/Taylor & Francis, 2006. ISBN: 0824725972, Series Title: Lung Biology in Health and Disease, v. 214, 649 pages, Hard Cover, $199.95.
REVIEWER'S EXPERT OPINION
Description: This book, describing management principles for common cardiopulmonary critical care problems, is Volume 214 of the Lung Biology in Health and Disease series. A companion volume is Practical Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine: Respiratory Failure (Volume 213). Purpose: Management principles are provided for common cardiopulmonary problems seen in multidisciplinary critical care practice. Audience: Senior residents, fellows, or practitioners requiring a refresher may benefit from this work. Editors and authors represent institutions throughout the United States, with the greatest concentration of contributions coming from the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Features: Cardiopulmonary problems are the principal emphasis of this volume, with discussion on acute lung injury, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, coronary syndromes, and heart failure dominating the discussion. Additional topics include gastrointestinal hemorrhage, neurologic emergencies, sepsis, and related organ failure. Two concluding chapters deal with a review on ethics and the electronic medical record Chapters are clearly written and abundantly referenced. Illustrations reproduce with uneven quality, but tables are used to good effect. References include primary work, for the most part, and date to within two years of publication. As in the companion volume, the table of contents includes chapter title, authorship, and subheadings, whereas the subject index of approximately 10 pages provides adequate content access. Assessment: With its companion volume on respiratory failure, this book reviews important procedural and common disease management issues in contemporary cardiopulmonary critical care. Although these two volumes comprise a valuable update, they are not comprehensive. Complementary information can be obtained from two recent volumes in the Lung Biology in Health and Disease series, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome edited by Matthay (Volume 179, Marcel Dekker, 2003) and Severe Pneumonia, edited by Niederman (Volume 206, Taylor & Francis, 2005).
David J. Dries, MD
(University of Minnesota Medical School)