This book is multi-authored and is composed of short essays by different authors on varying aspects of preoperative and postoperative management of the cardiopulmonary patient. The problems discussed include those of acid-base balance in patients with lung disease, preoperative evaluation, and preoperative and postoperative care of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, carcinoma of the lung, and other pulmonary lesions. It includes sections on the choice of anesthesia for these patients and has sections on a wide selection of practical topies ranging from "Digitalis Therapy in Patients With Cor Pulmonale," and problems in primary lung disease, to the appropriate use of antibiotics in the preoperative and postoperative patient, studies on cardiopulmonary physiology in the preoperative and postoperative state, evaluations of operative risk, etc.
The presentation, as one would expect of a multiauthored volume, is rather uneven. Certain sections are brief and could perhaps have been expanded, particularly the section