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February 10, 1951

Die Lunge des Kindes: Wachstum, Anatomie, Physiologie und Pathologie in den verschiedenen Altersperioden

JAMA. 1951;145(6):445-446. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920240081037

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On the basis that he who wishes to build must begin with the fundamentals, Engel reasons that anatomy appears old fashioned but that function is modern. But what will be the outcome if there is digression from the firm anatomic foundations to the fanciful concepts that finally conclude in vitalism? Just recently, in the British Medical Journal, the medical historian Charles Singer pointed out that new knowledge in anatomy precedes advances in clinical medicine. Engel is concerned with the age factors in the growing lung considered from birth to puberty as a basis for understanding of diseases of the child's respiratory apparatus, a feature formerly poorly defined. With this in mind, form and structure of the lung and the bronchial tree in the various ages are clarified. These phases occupy the major part of the book. Conclusions reached from a more profound knowledge of morphology follow naturally into the physiology,

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