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WAO Medical Book Review

Posted: March 2013

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exacerbations
Editors: Jadwiga A Wedzicha, Fernando J Martinez
Copyright 2008 CRC Press
ISBN: 978-1420070866

Listed Price: $199.95 (hardcover), $189.95 (Kindle Edition at Amazon)
Available from: CRC Press and Amazon

Reviewer
Alexandru Corlateanu, MD, PhD
Vice-Dean Faculty of Medicine Nr. 1
Associate Professor of Respiratory Medicine
State Medical and Pharmaceutical University "Nicolae Testemitanu"
Chisinau, Moldova

Description
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exacerbations represents actual multiple aspects (from definitions to management) of exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which is the most frequent cause of medical visits, hospital admissions and death among patients with COPD.

Purpose
The purpose of this book is to help the general practitioner in every day clinical practice and to facilitate the solving of controversies in many issues of COPD exacerbations. In addition, reading of the book can stimulate specialists for the further studies which could contribute to a better understanding of COPD exacerbations.

Audience
The book would be useful not only for specialists in respiratory medicine, but also for family doctors and other medical specialists.

Features
The monograph is entirely dedicated to COPD exacerbations, and it is obvious that there have been significant developments within this field during the last decade. Thus, in this book a number of new fields of interest have been covered: pathophysiological mechanisms, systemic consequences, ventilator support, new models of care for COPD exacerbations, and so forth. The book is very well structured in 6 parts and 37 chapters. All contributors to the monograph are leaders of opinion in COPD, which gives readers the opportunity to get fresh knowledge from up-to-date reviews which have been expertly covered and are well presented on many special hot topics in COPD. The book represents a beautiful combination of fundamental and clinical medicine. 

Assessment
This book offers a comprehensive overview with chapters ranging from basic mechanisms to clinical practice and provides an update of COPD exacerbation. I am sure that this new book will be useful to researchers and to clinicians. It can serve as an excellent reference source for everybody interested in this subject area.