Disorders of Ventilation by John Shneerson is an in-depth, well-written, excellent, and much-needed monograph concerning ventilatory dysfunction induced by diseases not primarily involving the airways. The book concentrates on abnormalities of ventilatory control, respiratory movement, respiratory muscles, and the effects of sleep on respiration. The book has four parts: (1) physiology of ventilation, (2) ventilatory failure and dysrhythmias and their assessment, (3) disorders causing ventilatory failure, and (4) treatment of ventilatory failure.
As the author states in the preface, "... the study of the disorders of ventilation and their treatment has been neglected to a remarkable extent until recently." Indeed, this book is unique and fills a needed niche in the field of ventilatory failure. Part 1, which is lucid and zconcise, is an overview of the physiology of ventilation. The "meat" of the text (part 3) discusses, in depth, individual disorders causing ventilatory failure. The ordering of chapters is somewhat