Because cystic fibrosis is the most common chronic genetic disease of whites and widely recognized as having protean manifestations, all physicians should be fully aware of its clinical spectrum. Awareness is particularly important if early and accurate diagnoses are to be made and appropriate treatments instituted. Physicians who specialize in the care of persons with cystic fibrosis are quite familiar with the wide expanse of literature available on the topic. Unfortunately, despite excellent periodic reviews and update articles, there really has not been any major reference source collating the diversity of information. Dr Lloyd-Still's book fulfills this need.
Although there are 27 contributors to this text, Lloyd-Still is directly responsible for writing eight of the book's 23 chapters. It can be assumed, therefore, that much of the total material directly reflects the author's particular approach to the management of the disease and its complications. While this could have presented some