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March 16, 1984

Pulmonary Pathology

Author Affiliations

University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia

JAMA. 1984;251(11):1483. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340350071039

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Pulmonary disease is an area that many pathologists find confusing, and therefore one for which new textbook-type reference sources are particularly useful. The present volume by Dunnill attempts to cover the relatively large topic of pulmonary pathology in a compact format. In some respects it is quite successful and in others less so. The book is well written and easily readable and emphasizes clinical correlations, albeit at the expense of pathophysiological mechanisms. Clearly this is not meant to be a detailed reference work like Spencer's, and the reader should not expect comprehensive citations on every topic.

As is true of any single-authored work, some areas are covered better than others. The chapters devoted to obstructive lung disease are excellent, and there are good brief descriptions of chronic interstitial pneumonias, infectious diseases, and hypersensitivity pneumonia (allergic alveolitis). But the chapter on lung cancer gives rather incomplete coverage to the important issues