I’m always full of awe for the Herculean efforts of the authors when asked to write a foreword to a book. The long hours that the authors of the Oxford Handbook of Respiratory Medicine put into the first edition, published in 2005, have been compensated by the book’s clear value and popularity. Since 2005, research has increased our understanding of respiratory disease, particularly in the areas of airway disease, lung cancer and interstitial lung disease. Large robust clinical trials have also informed our clinical practice, and there have been subsequent modifications in national and international guidelines to reflect these. Our practice on the respiratory ward and clinic has been influenced as a result.
Nationally the burden of respiratory disease is being increasingly recognised. The government responses to the harmful effects of cigarette smoke, currently focused on banning smoking in cars carrying children, and considering plain packaging for cigarettes, highlight the ongoing prominence of smoking in respiratory health.
This third edition reflects many of these updates and changes, and is therefore a reliable and useful information source. The same authors across the three editions bring consistency (and reflects admirable stamina); and the need to keep it ‘user friendly’ for the respiratory trainee has been recognised and a new author has been added to provide a trainee’s perspective.
Ian Pavord MA DM FRCP
Professor of Respiratory Medicine
NDM Research Building
University of Oxford
This respiratory medicine handbook provides reliable and up-to-date information for the respiratory trainee. Its format is designed so that information is easily accessible and practical, with useful tips for investigation and management in the outpatient clinic and the ward. It summarizes the most recent guidelines from the British Thoracic Society when applicable in each chapter, along with a detailed discussion of each condition, pertinent research and common practice. As such, it could be used as a learning resource when preparing for the MRCP Speciality Certificate Examination in Respiratory Medicine, or other respiratory assessments. The practical procedures section is particularly useful, with step-by-step ‘how to’ guides for all procedures encountered by the trainee, such as pleural aspiration, chest drains, thoracoscopy, and bronchoscopy.
Dr Adam Hill
Consultant Respiratory Physician and Honorary Reader
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Specialist Advisory Committee Chair
Respiratory Associate PG Dean SE Scotland (Quality Management)