This well-organized and comprehensive one-volume text is extraordinary with respect to the thorough and all-inclusive coverage of the subject of diseases of the chest. Of forty chapters, two are devoted to the clinical history and physical examination, one to diagnostic laboratory studies, and one to the general subject of radiologic examination of the thorax. The segmental anatomy of the tracheobronchial tree and lungs is presented in some detail and with excellent illustrations; this chapter is a most valuable portion of the book. A concise discussion of pulmonary function studies not only includes those tests which are useful for clinical evaluation but also presents the basic concepts of normal and pathological physiology. This chapter will be readily comprehensible to the physician who is not specifically trained in pulmonary physiology; imposing mathematical formulae are not encountered.
The remaining chapters of the book are devoted to the various diseases of the thoracic structures,