Handbook of Pulmonary Emergencies

  • Samuel V. Spagnolo
  • Ann Medinger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Approach to Patient Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Samuel V. Spagnolo, Ann Medinger
      Pages 5-15
  3. Normal Lungs with Acute Respiratory Decompensation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Ann Medinger
      Pages 35-46
    3. Morgan D. Delaney, Samuel V. Spagnolo, Ann Medinger
      Pages 47-65
    4. Philip Witorsch, Sorell L. Schwartz
      Pages 67-90
    5. Philip Witorsch, Ann Medinger
      Pages 91-111
    6. Kenneth Dickie
      Pages 113-122
    7. Truvor Kuzmowych
      Pages 123-138
    8. Kenneth Dickie
      Pages 139-147
  4. Chronic Lung Disease with Acute Respiratory Decompensation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Morgan D. Delaney
      Pages 163-177
  5. Pulmonary Vascular Emergencies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Truvor Kuzmowych, Samuel V. Spagnolo
      Pages 181-192
    3. Aram A. Arabian
      Pages 193-204
    4. Prashant Rohatgi
      Pages 205-212
  6. Pleural Emergencies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Prashant Rohatgi
      Pages 215-228
  7. Ventilator Emergencies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Aram A. Arabian, Ann Medinger, Samuel V. Spagnolo
      Pages 231-248
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 249-279

About this book


This book is written for medical students and house officers working on the wards, in the intensive care unit, and in the emergency room. It is intended for use by all whose work involves the daily evaluation and management of medical emergencies. The material is a compilation of information gained from our personal experiences in clinical practice, from participation in professional meet­ ings and conferences, and from searching the medical literature. The introductory chapters in Part I form a foundation that is devel­ oped in the subsequent parts where specific topics are discussed. When possible, we have simplified complex approaches to diagnosis and man­ agement by formulating algorithms and handy reference tables. Since this is a handbook and not a textbook, we have limited our discussion of pathogenesis and pathophysiology in order to concentrate on practical aspects and specific details that are useful in the diagnosis and management of pulmonary emergencies. Our aim is to alert young physicians to common pulmonary emergencies and guide them through their initial management.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Samuel V. Spagnolo
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ann Medinger
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary Diseases and AllergyGeorge Washington School of Medicine and Health SciencesUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineGeorge Washington School of Medicine and Health SciencesUSA
  3. 3.Pulmonary Disease SectionVeterans Administration Medical CenterUSA
  4. 4.Pulmonary Function LaboratoryVeterans Administration Medical CenterUSA

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