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Edited by J Hammer and E Eber. Basel: Karger, 2005, €120.00 (hardback), pp 278. ISBN 3-8055-7753-2
Paediatricians often encounter patients with respiratory problems so most will have reasonable knowledge about the common and chronic respiratory diseases; virtually every paediatric department will have its collection of peak flow devices, spirometers, and other instruments for measuring and recording pulmonary function. Research departments and tertiary respiratory centres will have specialised lung function laboratories where more sophisticated tests may provide pages of numerical data to help the clinician best treat the child. But what is the place of pulmonary function testing in the broader clinical context and what does it …
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