This text is generally very well written and clear. It consists of 14 chapters, each relating to a particular pulmonary emergency or quasiemergency. Each chapter could stand alone and thus the text need not be read in any sequence. Almost every chapter is extensively referenced with up-to-date citations. Unfortunately, the text is now two years old. Particularly well done are the chapters on cardiopulmonary resuscitation, tracheal intubation, upper airway obstruction, pulmonary edema, massive pulmonary embolism, massive hemoptysis, pneumothorax, pulmonary infection, broncho-pulmonary aspiration, inhalation injury of the lungs, and superior vena cava syndrome.
Chapter 5, acute asthma and status asthmaticus, does not discuss methods to minimize barotrauma to the lungs, a subject of some discussion in the pulmonary literature during the past year. Chapter 4, acute respiratory failure, is the weakest chapter in the book and is the third longest. It has a number of inaccurate statements and examples: on page