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Key topics in respiratory medicine,
  1. PHILIP EBDEN, Consultant Physician
  1. Prince Philip Hospital
  2. Llanelli, UK

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    Key topics in respiratory medicine, WJM Kinnear, IDA Johnston, IP Hall, pp x + 169. βIOS Scientific Publishers Ltd, 1999. £18.95, paperback. ISBN 1 85996 271 8. ★★★★

    This small but concise book has been prepared by three Nottingham chest physicians with a broad range of clinical interests and reflects their wealth of clinical expertise. The book covers a wide range of clinical topics related to common chest problems as well as specific disease areas, and will be of great use to the junior doctor, whether houseman or senior house officer, who has just joined a respiratory firm. It will also be of help to the specialist registrar, although he/she will need to supplement his reading with specialist texts. It provides a problem-solving approach, as well as full details of practical procedures such as pleural biopsy techniques. The practical use of techniques such as non-invasive ventilation can be found, as well as common clinical topics including lung cancer and airways disease. The chapter on Aspergillusprovides a comprehensive clinical guide to this difficult area. The chapter on chest X-rays is presented without illustrations and hence the information is less valuable, although there are many excellent texts in this area.

    The book is easy to read and up-to-date and I have no hesitation in recommending it to junior doctors interested in learning more about respiratory medicine.