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May 1965

Morphometry of the Human Lung.

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By Ewald Weibel, MD. Price, $12. Pp 151 + XI, with 109 illustrations. Academic Press Inc., 111 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10003, 1964.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(5):630. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03860170112044

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The attempt to measure parameters of pulmonary function such as "airway conductance," "diffusing capacity," and "tissue volume," which presumably have a structural basis, makes it desirable to check results of these methods against the known structure of the lung. Weibel's book is a pioneering attempt to provide such data as the total number, diameter, and surface area of the alveoli, bronchioles, and capillaries of the lung. It is, of necessity, primarily concerned with methodology, much of which is new or newly adapted, and is heavily freighted with mathematics and statistics. Although this is an important work, it will be of value chiefly to research workers in the field of pulmonary physiology and morphology.

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