COPD in primary care. H. John Fardy, David Bellamy and Rachel Booker.
- Richard Ruffin
- Aust Prescr 2004;27:13
- 1 February 2004
- DOI: 10.18773/austprescr.2004.008
Sydney: McGraw-Hill Australia; 2003.
Richard Ruffin, Head, Division of Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville, SA
The title 'COPD in primary care - all a GP needs to know about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Australian adaptation)' describes the breadth of the book content accurately. The style makes for easy reading with the key points presented at the beginning of each chapter. It also facilitates a very quick review of the book by readers letting them focus where they want to read in depth.
There is an appropriate background of pathology, physiology, diagnostic strategies and management strategies. The COPD-X Guidelines for Australia1are also summarised. There is a chapter on possible new therapies for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which are useful for practitioners to answer patients' common question - 'What is likely to be new in COPD?'.
The book's strengths include:
There are several weaknesses which affect the reading of the book:
Overall the book is going to be a useful reference for people to brush up on issues with regard to COPD management and to provide accurate information to the patient.
Head, Division of Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville, SA