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The task of reviewing the second edition of the Textbook of Respiratory Medicine is rather ominous if one considers that it has two volumes, 2739 pages, 141 authors, and 102 chapters. The organization of the text follows a standard format of anatomy and physiology, clinical symptoms, diagnostic evaluation, and discussions of specific disease entities. Each chapter is introduced with a block outline, which is extremely useful to the incidental reader who uses the text for quick reference for specific details about specific diseases. Beyond such use, however, one must determine the worth of these volumes. Interested parties include resident physicians, busy practitioners, seasoned clinicians, and, in the most inclusive sense, perpetual students of respiratory medicine.
In the past two months, I have recommended the section on pulmonary function testing to several medical residents who were seeking detailed explanation of the methods by which lung function is assessed in the modern
Sivak ED. Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, vols 1 & 2. JAMA. 1995;273(10):824–825. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520340080046