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April 3, 1987

The Human Pulmonary Circulation: Its Form and Function in Health and Disease

Author Affiliations

Medical College of Virginia/McGuire Veterans Administration Hospitals Richmond

Medical College of Virginia/McGuire Veterans Administration Hospitals Richmond

JAMA. 1987;257(13):1814. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390130132048

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Abstract

The third edition of The Human Pulmonary Circulation: Its Form and Function in Health and Disease by Peter Harris, MD, and Donald Heath, MD, is a classic textbook dealing with all aspects of pulmonary circulation, including developmental anatomy, structure-function relationships, fundamental concepts related to pressure and flow, and the pathology, clinical presentation, and treatment of common (chronic bronchitis and emphysema) and less common (dietary pulmonary hypertension) pulmonary diseases. Since the last edition in 1977, the authors have updated all their chapters and references, although the number of references is relatively small and selective, and added a new, important chapter on the pulmonary endothelial cell.

In particular, the chapters on the structure and function of vascular smooth muscles, primary pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary veno-occlusive disease, and portal and pulmonary hypertension are state-of-the-art. The chapter on pharmacology of the pulmonary circulation is complete and reflects the many controversies still extant in this area.

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