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Bronchopulmonary Diseases and Related Disorders

Thomas L. Petty, MD
JAMA. 1973;224(13):1768. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220270058030.
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This large, two-volume book divided into eight major headings and 52 chapters brings together many of the best contributors ever assembled in the field of pulmonary medicine and surgery. The organization is excellent, the printing magnificent, the figures beautiful, and the list of references at the end of some but not all chapters quite comprehensive. One question remains—why was it done?

It probably is a mistake for anyone other than a neophyte to read a book such as this. The reasons are simple. The information is, almost necessarily, superficial, dryly presented, and out of date, and the book suffers from the many omissions inevitable in a multiauthored text. It has not kept pace with the changing scene of pulmonary medicine. Monuments to antiquity, such as some of the surgical techniques for tuberculosis including collapse therapy, the Drinker respirator, a once important but now completely inadequate ventilation nomogram, and other relics


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