Charles Bowesman, O.B.E., B.A., M.D., F.R.C.S.E., F.A.C.S., D.T.M.&H., Editor. 1st edition, 1068 + viii pages, illustrated. Edinburgh and London, E. & S. Livingstone Ltd. (The Williams & Wilkins Co., Baltimore, exclusive U.S. agents), 1960. $22.50
by Eli H. Rubin, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P., Professor of Clinical Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, and Morris Rubin, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.P., Associate Clinical Professor, Thoracic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University. In association with: George C. Leiner, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., Lecturer in Medicine, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Doris J. W. Escher, M.D., Lecturer in Medicine, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. 968 + xviii pages, illustrated, Philadelphia, London, W. B. Saunders Company, 1961. $25.00
Dr. Eli Rubin in 1947 published his diseases of the chest which came to be recognized as one of the two or three best texts in the field of pulmonary diseases. Since that time the study of chest diseases has expanded prodigiously and is now far more solidly based on pulmonary anatomy and physiology than it has ever been. Drs. Eli and Morris Rubin have so extensively revised their original book that they offer, in effect, a new book. It supplements the general textbook of medicine and leads the reader into the literature of their respective fields, and emphasizes cardiopulmonary relationships.
The book is an excellent one as the descriptions of diseases are complete, accurate and adequately illustrated. Due to a unified authorship, inconsistencies and omissions are avoided. New diseases are adequately covered, but not to the detriment of more intensive treatment of common diseases such as tuberculosis and bronchiogenic carcinoma.