Lecture Notes in Respiratory medicine covers all the core topics you would expect. It starts at the basics of history taking, examination and pulmonary physiology, then moves to all the major conditions - including a decent amount on diagnosis and treatment. It is written the same concise, no-nonsense way as all of the Lecture Notes books and packs a lot into its limited space. The space limits the depth it can go into in terms of the more esoteric diagnoses, though it is certainly still enough for medical finals. There are a good range of images, from diagrams on inhaler use though to CXRs and high-res CTs, all relevant and well-placed. Some excellent multiple choice questions round it off nicely. All in all, an excellent choice for medical students wanting a compact, practical guide to respiratory medicine.
If you have a PBL on Respiratory Medicine at any point during your undergraduate medical degree then I would highly commend this title to you. Based upon my course (Liverpool), it should cover much if not all of what you would be expected to know for PBL. With its neat layout, use of high qualtiy (green, black & white) images/diagrams/tables, key points boxes and relevant imaging the information contained within the text is easily conveyed to the student reader. Additionally the self-assessment questions at the end of the title are useful to assess how well you understand the topic but it is a shame (and disadvantage) that they are not included in a separate website.
It would have been good to have seen downloadable images, interactive questions & possibly some revision notes/cases in an online website included with the book as many of the new Lecture Notes titles have included.
In conclusion I would highly encourage you to purchase or to get this title from your medical school library if you have a respiratory PBL.
Competing Interests: Medical Student Reviewer - Received Gratis copy of this Title
There are a few books that you're told to get for your medical degree: Davidson's, Kumar and Clarke, a BNF, pathophysiology of heart disease,etc. I would rate this right up there with them! It's a superb book.
Excellent all around, with only a slightly lacking physiology section to let it down. If you know this book, you will pass your resp exams.