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February 21, 2001

Pulmonary-Respiratory MedicineCrofton and Douglas's Respiratory Diseases, vols 1 & 2

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;285(7):943. doi:10.1001/jama.285.7.943-JBK0221-3-1

This is the fifth edition, delayed by ten years, of a venerable British textbook and reference on chest disorders. It is an admirable and refined work, clearly written, well organized, comprehensive without being exhaustive, and purposefully illustrated, with a clean line.

The chapters on the basic science of lung disease are straightforward and concise, rendering complex topics in physiology as simple as can be expected. The clinical chapters are up to date in their treatment of pathophysiology and cautiously schematic in their treatment of therapeutics, providing an accurate context for understanding treatment but avoiding specific recommendations for therapy that may quickly become obsolete. Reflecting the interests of the editors, the two-volume set features thoughtful chapters on epidemiology, environmental exposures, early influences on lung health, and medicolegal aspects of lung disease. Each of these nontraditional chapters stands alone as an excellent introduction to the topic.

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