June 1955

Effective Inhalation Therapy.

Author Affiliations

By Edwin Rayner Levine, M.D., chairman of the committee on physiologic therapy, American College of Chest Physicians; Alvin L. Barach, M.D.; J. Winthrop Peabody, M.D., and Maurice S. Segal, M.D. Price, $4.50. Pp. 157. Medical Division of National Cylinder Gas Company, 840 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago 11, 1953.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;95(6):881. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250120117038

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This little volume puts forth clearly the principles and methods of oxygen and other types of inhalation treatment.

The introductory chapters are concerned with respiratory anatomy and physiology and with a brief review of the mechanisms of gaseous exchange between pulmonary alveoli and blood and between blood and body tissues.

The various respiratory and cardiac diseases are taken up by chapters; the different methods by which these entities produce anoxia are explained. The technique of oxygen administration and details of the use of adjuvant measures such as bronchodilators and antibiotic aerosols are fully discussed in connection with each particular entity. Numerous simple color illustrations clarify the pathophysiology of anoxia in these diseases and show the mechanism of relief by inhalation treatment.

Dangers of oxygen therapy in emphysema and other chronic anoxic states are stressed. A description of inhalation apparatus and its use and a brief note on the relief of

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