Medicine And Books

Therapeutics in Respiratory Disease

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 10 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1590
  1. D R Taylor

    Peter J Barnes, Kian Fan Chung, Timothy W Evans, Steven G Spiro Churchill Livingstone, pounds sterling 40, pp 174 ISBN 0-443-04134-2

    Should I have referred to a dictionary definition of therapeutics before embarking on a review of this particular text? After several chapters, I was tempted. Instead, I conceitedly decided that my own working definition would suffice. And so, laden with clumsy subordinate clauses, my definition became “the therapy of disease with particular regard to background pathophysiological and pharmacological principles, and to its natural history and clinical variability.”

    Such a definition may or may not be adequate. However, as a starting point, it ought to help distinguish a text which bears the title Therapeutics in Respiratory Disease …

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