The second edition of Practical Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy by Oho and Amemiya is a beautifully illustrated monograph that will have great appeal to a limited number of practitioners. Only the avid fiberoptic bronchoscopist will purchase this book for his/her personal library. It will, however, be a useful reference text for pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons.
The authors give a sometimes cumbersome analysis of every aspect of fiberoptic bronchoscopy from instrumentation to application. All aspects of fiberoptic bronchoscopy, including a minutely defined journey through the anatomic nomenclature of the bronchial tree, is gone into in great detail. This concentration on detailed analysis sets this volume apart from other books on bronchoscopic techniques. Unfortunately it also will limit its appeal.
A major detraction of the text is its overly biased presentation of the utility of fiberoptic bronchoscopy. With the authors being true masters of the fiberoptic bronchoscope, their enthusiasm for its application ignores other