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This two-volume textbook contains an excellent compilation of current British thinking and experience. It represents the lineal descendant of a previous two-volume text, edited by Marshall and Perry, which had been for the past decade a standard text in pulmonary diseases. This present edition, edited by Perry and Sellors, can be recommended highly. In addition, the work is an excellent example of the beneficial effect of good editorial guidance in welding together many chapters written by more than 20 individual contributors. The fact that the new edition has ten more chapters and approximately 400 more pages than its predecessor indicates the rapid growth of knowledge in this field during the past ten years.
The first volume, consisting of 31 chapters, is concerned primarily with general subjects relating to chest diseases, including succinct discussions of anatomy, physiology, radiology, anesthesia, and physiotherapy. The presentation continues with clinical disorders of the chest wall,
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