August 1939

Adventures in Respiration: Modes of Asphyxiation and Methods of Resuscitation.

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By Yandell Henderson. Pp. 316. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Company, 1938.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;64(2):407. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00190020193015

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In this interesting book the author traces the historic milestones leading to the present understanding of the physiology of respiration and discusses the value and rationale of using carbon dioxide in the treatment of various asphyxial states. Arrangement of the subject matter in narrative form, as an adventure of the author in research over a period of years, endows facts and theories with charm and personal interest. The first part of the book is devoted to a consideration of shock, the control of breathing and blood alkali and the "fallacy of asphyxial acidosis," in which discussion the conception of "acarbia" as induced by "hyperpnein" is suggested as a substitute for the theory of "acidosis" induced by lactic or other acid. There are several chapters dealing with the physiologic basis of mountain sickness and acclimatization, carbon monoxide asphyxia and asphyxia of the newborn. The therapeutic value and methods of administration of

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