August 1965

An Outline of Pulmonary Function and Pulmonary Emphysema.

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By Eugene Roseman, MD. Price, $6.50. Pp 149, with 9 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1964.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(2):317-318. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870020157046

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A simplified outline of principles and procedures in study of pulmonary function with special reference to emphysema would be quite useful to interested students and clinicians who do not specialize in this field. The present volume provides this information in condensed form. The author seems to feel that such presentation justifies lapses into an awkward style, characterized by incomplete sentences and unusual or capricious abbreviations. Paradoxically, lengthy captions describe the few illustrations. The product more closely resembles a lecture series syllabus than a manuscript polished for wide distribution.

Part I explains pulmonary function and tests thereof in a refreshingly nontechnical manner. It would have been improved by closer adherence to current terminology in pulmonary physiology. A misleading oversimplification in Chapter 1 leads to the unjustified categorical statement that "Decreased minute ventilation... always means also alveolar hypoventilation." Classification of conditions that cause alveolar hypoventilation but do not arise from abnormalities of

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