|Year : 2010 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 191
Text Book of Pulmonary Medicine by Dr. D. Behera
Head, Pulmonary Medicine, GMCH-32, Chandigarh, India
|Date of Web Publication||10-Aug-2010|
A K Janmeja
Head, Pulmonary Medicine, GMCH-32, Chandigarh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Janmeja A K. Text Book of Pulmonary Medicine by Dr. D. Behera. Lung India 2010;27:191
Edition : 2 nd Edition, 2010. Price : 2995.00
Pages : In two volumes having 1834 pages.
Published by: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd, B-3, EMCA House,
23/23B, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi - 11 002. ISBN 978-81-8448-749-7.
The medical science is growing at fast pace like never before and specialty of pulmonary medicine is no exception to this. Spectacular advancement in diagnosis and management of respiratory ailments has been so much during the last decade that it has changed the whole perception of pulmonary medicine and practically beyond the comprehension of even an expert, truthfully. In addition, the subjects like critical care, sleep medicine, bronchology, pulmonary rehabilitation etc. are almost subspecialties today and make integral part of modern pulmonology practice. Good books are always necessary to imbibe such scientific developments.
The present book is the revised second edition published in two volumes. The volume-I starts with a dedicated chapter on physical examination of respiratory system. Elaborate description of physical signs and clinical examination with self speaking figures and tables attract the young readers toward the subject at very first glance. The next chapters on common respiratory symptoms have been put with same diligence. The morphology and physiology of respiratory system has been explained so clearly and boldly that one gets tempted to go through these rather skipping topics by most beginners.
A chapter on diagnostics explicitly covers radiology-imaging, PFT, bronchoscopy, thoracoscopy etc. Basic reading of CXR and CT thorax has been explained schematically with simple line diagrams that dispel the usual phobia of students at once. Collection of beautiful chest skiagrams and CT scans appears a lifetime treasure of Prof. Behera. Each picture is so classical and self speaking that once seen creates permanent impression. The description of skill of bronchoscopy, lung function testing, mediastinoscopy along with basic equipment and infrastructure is also very useful for those who intend to set up their own labs. Remaining chapters deal with lung infections and asthma. A chapter on pneumonia runs over 142 pages covering exhaustively all types' group wise and specific pneumonia individually as well. Tuberculosis issue, rightly as per our need, has been thoroughly addressed covering pulmonary TB, EPTB, MDR, XDR, latest diagnostics, vaccines and newer drugs. A detailed appendix on RNTCP of Govt. of India is a very appropriate inclusion and gives a comprehensive picture of program. The knowledge of latter is essential for every pulmonologist in the country. Fungal infections and parasitic infection chapters have also been depicted very interestingly with class photographs. Asthma is another topic, which has been adequately detailed, including pediatric asthma and asthma in special situations. Various standard asthma guidelines including latest updates have been reproduced to make it a near complete reading.
The volume-II of the book deals with other major respiratory diseases like COPD, ILD, lung cancer, ARDS, occupational diseases, sarcoidosis etc. Elaborate COPD discussion includes its association with special problems like sleep disorders, COPD and travel, surgery in COPD etc. Updated GOLD guidelines-2007 and WHO-GOI guidelines on COPD have been appended for the interested readers. Another highlight is the chapter on lung cancer. It explicitly discusses Indian and global epidemiology. Striking histopathological pictures and classic radiological photo gallery provide impressionable description of lung cancer. A chapter on lung transplantation would better equip the budding specialists for near future. An exclusive chapter on critical care in pulmonary medicine is a very useful introduction and exposure to this sub-specialty, without which pulmonary expertise is incomplete today. Another pearl in the volume is the pediatrics lung disease chapter.
The book is a comprehensive state-of-the-art reading on the subject with most updated references as recent as 2009. The printing quality, text management, bold headings, simplified algorithms, key point tables, are its technical strengths. In addition, the book has an obvious advantage of single author writing i.e. homogenous high standard and absolute inter chapter harmony leaving no room for any confusion. Prof. D Behera is an eminent name in subject of pulmonary medicine in our country and abroad. He is well familiar with the needs of our patients, clinicians, post graduates and post doctoral students, by virtue of his vast experience as a clinician, medical teacher, researcher and administrator. His thorough understanding of ground realities of specialty practice in our country is clearly seen translated in each phrase of the book.
This book must make a place in the personal library of every clinician practicing pulmonary medicine and tuberculosis.