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Respiratory medicine is a large topic to cover in about 250 pocket-sized pages, especially when the product is a distillate of years of training and experience. Despite the difficulty, by selecting sensibly the areas of emphasis, writing concisely, and supplementing cleverly with pictures and diagrams, the author has produced a masterful summary of a complicated area of medical knowledge.
The earlier chapters deal with anatomy and physiology, respiratory defense mechanisms, gas exchange and acid base balance, respiratory muscles, and control of breathing. This lays the groundwork for what is to come, a complete although abbreviated description of lung diseases such as pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis and emphysema and their consequences, respiratory failure, bronchiectasis, and abscesses. Particular diseases such as tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, tumors, and vascular diseases, and adverse effects of drugs are all covered. Each area is described with an introductory paragraph or two, followed by a discussion of epidemiology, pathology, clinical
Polk IJ. Respiratory Medicine. JAMA. 1982;247(17):2431. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320420073051
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