July 1960

Respiratory Physiology and Its Clinical Application.

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By John H. Knowles, M.D. Price, $5.25. Pp. 256, with no illustrations. Harvard University Press, Cambridge 38, Mass., 1959.

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(1):158. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820010160031

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This book's title is an accurate reflection of the contents; it is a concise and practical review of current knowledge of respiratory physiology in normal and abnormal states. The first section is devoted to a discussion of respiratory function and the measurement of its various components; the second discusses the pathologic physiology of various disease states affecting the lungs. This latter half points up the information which may be obtained from the different meas- urements in each situation, which tests are most helpful and why. A valuable part of this book is the up-to-date 426-reference bibliography.

The emphasis throughout the book is on clinical physiologic diagnoses, and very little consideration is given to problems of etiology or treatment.

There are a few areas which might be clarified by further diagrams. However, in general the writing is extremely clear, and this book would make an excellent addition to the library of

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