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Over three million Americans develop pneumonia annually and each episode can be expected to result in about 2 weeks of restricted activity. Consequently the proper diagnosis and management of patients with lower respiratory tract infections is an important goal for physicians. This book comes close to providing the necessary information.
The first section, on general principles, is excellent. Antibiotic agents, host defenses, pathophysiologic mechanisms, and diagnostic tests are discussed. The two chapters on pulmonary defects and respiratory care in patients with pneumonia are particularly well done. The practical and sensible comments show that these are real clinicians writing about real
The Pneumonias: Clinical Approaches to Infectious Diseases of the Lower Respiratory Tract.. Ann Intern Med. ;101:416. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-3-416_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(3):416.
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