Pulmonary Disease of the Fetus, Newborn and Child is a valuable, multi-authored addition to the few available pediatric pulmonary text-books. Edited by Scarpelli, Auld, and Goldman, it is a companion volume to their 1975 work entitled Pulmonary Physiology of the Fetus, Newborn and Child. The major strength of this new book is the extensive emphasis on pathophysiology of diseases and of their clinical manifestations. The editors state that this book is written primarily for the "developmental pulmonologist"; yet, it would seem to have great usefulness for all physicians, nurses, and other health professionals caring for pediatric patients with lung disease.
This volume is generally current, well referenced, well written, and logically organized. A wide variety of respiratory topics are covered, including standard subjects such as asthma and pneumonia, general information chapters on concepts in respiratory physiology and inhalation therapy, and other respiratory topics such as diseases of the upper airways