textbook : Understanding Mechanical Ventilation 2nd Ed
For writers of technical books, there can be no better piece of
Around the time of writing the first edition – about a
decade ago – there were very few monographs on this subject:
today, there are possibly no less than 20.
Based on critical inputs, this edition stands thoroughly
revamped. New chapters on ventilator waveforms, airway
humidification, and aerosol therapy in the ICU now find a
place. Novel software-based modes of ventilation have been
included. Ventilator-associated pneumonia has been separated
into a new chapter. Many new diagrams and algorithms
have been added.
As in the previous edition, considerable energy has been
spent in presenting the material in a reader-friendly, conversational
style. And as before, the book remains firmly rooted
My thanks are due to Madhu Reddy, Director of Universities
Press – formerly a professional associate and now a friend, P.
Sudhir, my tireless Pulmonary Function Lab technician who
found the time to type the bits and pieces of this manuscript
in between patients, A. Sobha for superbly organizing my
time, Grant Weston and Cate Rogers at Springer, London,
Balasaraswathi Jayakumar at Spi, India for her tremendous
support, and to Dr. C. Eshwar Prasad, who, for his words of
advice, I should have thanked years ago.