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November 5, 1982

Pediatric Respiratory Disease

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston


edited by Jacques Gerbeaux, Jacques Couvreur, and Guy Tournier (Edward H. Cooper, trans), ed 2; 939 pp, with illus, $95, New York, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(17):2170. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330170074042

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This fluent translation of a standard French text is a comprehensive overview of pediatric pulmonary disorders. It is geared toward the general pediatric practitioner rather than the pulmonary specialist. The book is disease oriented and includes general chapters on bronchial, bronchopulmonary, parenchymal, pleural, and mediastinal problems, with separate chapters for tuberculosis, asthma, and malformations of the lung.

The opening chapters provide a clear discussion of basic lung anatomy and physiology. Of particular note is the excellent section by Dr Claude Gaultier in which he pairs the explanations of normal lung physiology to that of the methodology used to investigate and define abnormal physiology in the diseased state. Other strengths of the book are the chapters dealing with malformations and pulmonary infections. Dr Couvreur begins the malformation section with a concise description of the developmental anatomy of the lung, followed by an extensive chapter detailing the major lung malformations and how