One of the more significant books of the current season is the splendid third edition of Corwin Hinshaw's Diseases of the Chest. Previous renditions were written by the author in conjunction with L. Henry Garland (who died in 1966), to whom this book is dedicated.
As in previous editions this now-classic text represents a solid contribution, maintaining a superb balance between clinical pulmonary disease and the rapidly expanding (often bewildering) business of lung function assessment.
Physiological explanations punctuate clinical discussions at appropriate intersections, and Carman and Young have contributed a clear, simplified section on function testing and its relevance. The spectrum of subjects ranges widely through the 37 chapters, including a contemporary discussion of primary tuberculosis (an increasing problem in adults who had a negative reaction to the tuberculin test), atypical mycobacteria, tumors, mycotic infections, chronic obstructive disease, and others.
I was particularly pleased with the discussions of pulmonary embolism