May 1975

Pulmonary Care,

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC


by Robert F. Johnston, MD, 370 pp, $22.50, Grune & Stratton, Inc, 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(5):753-754. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330050127032

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Pulmonary medicine is a specialty in which few books are devoted to recent advances. This book, composed of papers presented in 1972 at a postgraduate course sponsored by the American College of Chest Physicians and Hahnemann Medical College, devotes itself primarily to these advances. In pulmonary medicine, advances have generally been confined to the diagnostic and physiologic realm.

The book is divided to give new data or broad subject review, or both, in six areas. Emphasis is supposed to be on the care of the pulmonary patients, but the book offers little new information in the therapeutic realm.

Part 1 contains papers on new diagnostic techniques, including needle lung biopsy, fiberoptic bronchoscopy, transbronchial brushing and biopsy, and tantalum bronchography. One author states that there is no morbidity to fiberoptic bronchoscopy. There is definite, albeit low, morbidity, including reactions to the local anesthetic, bronchospasm, and hypoxemia. The paper on bronchial brushing

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