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The field of respiratory care has advanced remarkably in the past 25 years. Many of the 46 contributors to this text have played an important role in this program.
The editors have organized a complete review, encompassing historical aspects, techniques, devices, and applications. Thirty-eight chapters are organized into three sections: the education of respiratory care workers and the development of physical facilities, what we know regarding the rational and scientific basis for respiratory care, and applications of care techniques in major clinical situations.
The text is physiologically oriented, is forthright in areas of controversy, and properly stresses the recently published standards for respiratory care and the impact of the Sugarloaf Conference held in 1974.
Some chapters are overly brief and some duplication is present, but the sequence of chapter organization is excellent. For example, a discussion of tube techniques and procedures is followed by chapters dealing with mechanical ventilation, including
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