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This is an important textbook on a disease that crosses the practice paths of many physicians, albeit sometimes unrecognized.
The lead author and editor, Lynn M. Taussig, MD, has been a leader in cystic fibrosis (CF) care and research for many years and has incorporated in this book his flare for clinical care, as well as his concern for promoting research and providing a deeper understanding of CF. The contributors are well known for their effort and involvement with CF and are well chosen for the chapters they have contributed.
The book is organized into chapters by organ system, which allows each chapter to stand by itself. However, as acknowledged by the editor, this organization does obscure "the interactive problems of CF." In his overview, Dr Taussig reviews the events that have led to our present state of knowledge and places major discoveries in historical perspective. It is a short,