Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by John F. Murray and Jay A. Nadel, 3rd ed, 2562 pp, with illus, $325, ISBN 0-7216-7711-8, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders, 2000.
With the new millennium comes the new, third edition of Textbook of Respiratory Medicine in two volumes, edited by Murray and Nadel. The Book needs no introduction. It remains a standard for students of pulmonary medicine, including medical students, residents, and well-seasoned clinicians. The volumes are dedicated to Julius Comroe, acknowledging "his commitment to the importance of basic science in the solution of clinical problems."
Dr Comroe's mentorship is evident in the organization of the text into three main parts: "Scientific Principles of Respiratory Medicine," "Manifestations and Diagnosis of Respiratory Disease," and "Clinical Respiratory Medicine." The third edition includes time-honored discussion of anatomy and physiology and, notably, expanded and contemporary discussion of host defense mechanisms, respiratory pathophysiology, and inflammation. These enhanced discussions provide summary background for the busy clinician wanting an upgraded understanding of current therapy of asthma or evolving treatment protocols for fibrotic lung diseases. The respiratory pharmacology section in part 1 sheds light on receptors and their responses to therapeutic agents.
Respiratory MedicineTextbook of Respiratory Medicine, vols 1 & 2. JAMA. 2001;285(3):341. doi:10.1001/jama.285.3.341-JBK0117-3-1