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WAO Medical Book Review

Lung Function Testing
European Respiratory Monograph 2005
Editors: R Gosselink and H Stam

List price: $80.00 USD
Available from: Maney Publishing

Reviewer: Dr Janet Rimmer, MBBS, MD, FRACP. Woolcock Institute, University of Sydney, Australia

Lung function testing is an integral part of examination of the respiratory system. This monograph describes the main aspects of this evaluation process. Topics covered include spirometry, lung volumes, diffusion, control of breathing, muscle strength and sections on exercise testing. There are also sections on the less common areas such as forced oscillometry, testing in children and ICU patients. The basic methodology and interpretation is described and related to clinical disease states.

To provide an up-to date approach to the performance and interpretation of respiratory function testing for clinicians.

This book can be used by clinicians and researchers who are interested in understanding the theory and equipment used for the assessment and continued monitoring of respiratory diseases. The basic science is quite complex so that the book is probably not useful for medical students.

This book is a very concise summary of the many different aspects of lung function. The reader needs to have an existing basic understanding of lung function to fully appreciate the text. It does cover the links between basic science, pathophysiology and clinical application which is a very useful approach. Each chapter provides an excellent summary of the main points.

Lung function testing is the 31st European Respiratory Monograph, a series which commenced in 1995. While others in the series have addressed isolated components of lung function testing in detail, the current monograph provides a very concise (206 pages) summary of most aspects of lung function testing. Its advantages are that it covers both well established and new methodology and that every chapter has a section focussing on clinical application