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BOOK REVIEW
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 135  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 143

Textbook of pulmonary medicine


Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore 632 004, India

Date of Web Publication1-Mar-2012

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D J Christopher
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore 632 004
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Christopher D J. Textbook of pulmonary medicine. Indian J Med Res 2012;135:143

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Christopher D J. Textbook of pulmonary medicine. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2012 [cited 2020 Feb 26];135:143. Available from: http://www.ijmr.org.in/text.asp?2012/135/1/143/93442

Textbook of pulmonary medicine, vol. 1&2, 2 nd ed. D. Behera, editor (Jaypee Brothers, New Delhi) 2010. 1787 pages. Price: 2,995.00

ISBN 978-81-8448-749-7

Specialty textbooks are invariably written by physicians from developed countries. While these are scientifically sound, but fail to provide balanced information on diseases that are more prevalent in developing countries. In this regard, it is heartening to see a textbook of pulmonary medicine by D. Behera. The book has been brought out hardbound in 2 volumes and looks impressive. Although this is the second edition of the book, it follows 15 years after the first edition and so, in many ways it would have taken as much effort for the author as doing it for the first time.

Overall, the presentation is good and there is ample testimony to the effort put in by the author. The author's knowledge of the ground reality comes through in various sections of the book. The section on 'Pediatric lung diseases' is a thoughtful inclusion, since pulmonologists cannot escape being called in to give their input when paediatricians face difficult pulmonary problems.

The section on Tuberculosis is very exhaustive and covers the national programme (RNTCP), multi-drug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug resistant (XDR) tuberculosis and the TB-HIV interplay in great detail. This would be a delight for PG students who require a sound knowledge of the Programme. The sections on 'Asthma' and 'COPD' are presented in a way that clinicians would find useful for practice. The section on lung cancer also stands out in terms of the quality of the content.

As would be expected in single author textbooks, there is variation in quality of the content of the chapters. I am sure in subsequent editions the author would address this. Attention to language, grammar and a few typographic errors that have crept in could make this book acceptable to a much wider audience, particularly from other third world countries, which have the same disease spectrum as we do.

Overall, it is a commendable effort by the author. The book should adorn the library of teaching institutions and specialists will find it a good source of reference.




 

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