This volume bridges the gap between books dealing mainly with pulmonary physiology and those oriented mainly toward patient management. The first third of the text is divided into two sections, and takes up fundamental concepts of physiopathology and diagnosis. The latter two thirds of the book is divided into three sections concerned with prevention, therapy, and special problems. Each of the authors has had abundant experience in the field of respiratory care and has made valuable contributions in this area. It is unfortunate that this collaborative work has not turned out better.
The book has the appearance of being hurried in preparation. A number of errors can be found that should have been edited out in its final assembly. To illustrate a few of the problems one will encounter: No one doubts that the respiratory care unit has remarkably altered the survival rate of patients with respiratory disease, as we