April 25, 1980

Applied Respiratory Physiology

Author Affiliations

Wright State University School of Medicine Dayton, Ohio


by J. F. Nunn, ed 2; 524 pp, 153 illus, $39.95, Boston, Butterworths, 1977.

JAMA. 1980;243(16):1668-1669. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300420050034

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Applied Respiratory Physiology is the second edition of a text first published in 1969. The original subtitle, "with special reference to anaesthesia," has been dropped—and appropriately so, because only a small part has specific reference to anesthesia. The new edition retains many of the excellent figures in the first edition and has added many more. Included are five color plates and electron micrographs of the alveolar membrane. Many references have been added since 1969.

Each chapter has a similar organization—physics, physiology, research findings, normal and abnormal states, electrolyte changes, anesthetic aspects, treatment, and methods of measurement. The extensive review of conflicting findings in the research literature is excellent but possibly more than the average practitioner would like to know.

There are frequent references to artificial ventilation (IPPB, PEEP, and CPAP), but these are scattered throughout, making the book difficult to use for an overview of this area. The discussion of