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February 9, 1976

Lung Function: Assessment and Application in Medicine

Author Affiliations

Saranac Lake, NY

JAMA. 1976;235(6):655. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260320061036

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The third edition of Cotes' well-known text continues in the same format as previous editions. The first 14 chapters are valuable overviews of the different facets of pulmonary physiology and pathophysiology, as well as brief descriptions of the testing methods used to demonstrate functional abnormalities. There is, as well, a small section on selected basic laboratory equipment, as previously.

On the dust cover the publisher states that this book has been extensively revised. However, the total number of pages is essentially as in the second edition, and as one reads through the book, most pages read almost as in the previous edition. However, some portions have been rewritten and more current data entered.

The 15th and 16th chapters relate to lung function in disease. Of necessity, only brief detail could be presented; and since other current texts have detailed evaluations of physiologic abnormality in these situations, I believe the author