Acute Respiratory Failure, edited by Warren M. Zapol and Konrad J. Falke, vol 24, 641 pp, with illus, New York, Marcel Dekker Inc, 1985.
If you thought Diderot was the last of the encyclopedists, then you have not come across Claude Lenfant's series, Lung Biology in Health and Disease, of which these books are examples. Starting 13 years ago with the weight of his own expertise, as well as his experience at the National Institutes of Health behind him, Lenfant began targeting specific subjects pertaining to the lungs, heart, chest wall, and ventilation for in-depth basic science study. So far, there have been 30 such volumes, each on a separate subject, each edited by an internationally known basic scientist, and each with authors expert in their field. Books like these begin to acquire a life, style, and quality of their own and, in this case, quality begets quality. With an