Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
The first edition of Textbook of Pulmonary Diseases was published in 1964, the most recent until now in 1998. The new
seventh edition, named for the founding editor, is improved in many ways.
The book has 106 contributors, eight from Europe, two from Japan, the
rest from North America. Most of the authors are well-recognized in the field
of pulmonary medicine, and many are significant contributors to the pulmonary
The biggest strength of this text is that it is concise despite coverage
of almost all important domains of current pulmonary medicine. The organization
has excellent clarity. Another strength, which distinguishes this book from
most of its peers, is that the authors clearly state the relevant facts and
the level of evidence available to support them in tabular form. These tables
and the detailed reference lists obviate the need for lengthy, opinion-based
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