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May 8, 1967

Lung Function Tests: An Introduction

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JAMA. 1967;200(6):563. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120190189047

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"This small book," says the author in his preface, "cannot pretend to be anything more than an introduction to the principles of clinical pulmonary physiology... Much of the subject has been oversimplified at the risk of appearing dogmatic." The writing style is generally lucid, concise, and readable. The graphic illustrations are uncluttered and informative.

The introductory chapter, and the second chapter, which is devoted to ventilation and tests of ventilatory function, are excellent but the latter fails to mention some commonly used tests. On the other hand, the chapter on respiratory mechanics contains an eight-page abstruse description of the procedures for measuring lung compliance, pulmonary resistance, and airway resistance, unlikely to be either comprehensible or interesting to the physician to whom this book is directed.

Although a chapter is devoted to roentgenologic evaluation of pulmonary function, no mention is made of such recently introduced important techniques as lung scanning or