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October 10, 1980

Diseases of the Chest

JAMA. 1980;244(15):1730. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310150064044

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This is the fourth edition of a venerable text of chest disease that had become sadly out of date (third edition, 1969). The new collaboration of Hinshaw and Murray has served to improve the text notably and helps to ensure up-to-date editions over the next decade. Important contributions are made in special areas of the text with the aid of six other collaborators. The organization of the ten sections of the book is logical and classical: diagnostic techniques, etiologic disorders (infection, tumor, environmental, idiopathic), normal anatomy, anatomic disorders (airways, circulation, pleura), and respiratory failure. Encompassed within these sections are discussions of all the major topics in chest disease. A pertinent, nonreferenced bibliography is listed at the end of each of the 40 chapters.

The book can be characterized as a general text, which, because it has been restricted to 1,000 pages, is in many respects a survey and overview. As