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March 1990

Interstitial Lung Disease in Children

Author Affiliations

Section of Pediatric Pulmonary/Critical Care Department of Pediatrics Arizona Health Sciences Center 1501 N Campbell Ave Tucson, AZ 85724

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(3):363. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150270113038

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This is a multiauthored series on a wide variety of lung diseases that affect children. Almost all of the authors are well known in the field of pediatric pulmonology. Unfortunately, the book's chapters are poorly integrated and reflect the multiple writing styles of the authors. Many of the topics are handled superficially. Another problem is that considerable attention is given to the discussion of obstructive airway diseases when the focus of the book is on restrictive lung diseases. Little or no attention is given to the pathogenesis of interstitial lung disease or the epidemiologic aspects of restrictive lung disease. In general, the discussions of theory are also limited. The series would have been improved if the publication was limited to one volume that focused on interstitial lung diseases, including natural history, treatment, and unanswered research questions. It would have also been strengthened if the chapters had been better integrated.


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