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To readers who know the Handbook of Physiology this section needs little further introduction. The Handbook is published by the American Physiological Society in the tradition of the great German Handbooks. This particular volume consists of 769 pages and is not a handy size for a trouser pocket. It is billed as a "critical, comprehensive presentation of physiological knowledge and concepts" and fills the bill admirably. Each chapter is extremely well-written. A quote from the preface gives a brief synopsis of what is included in this volume:
The first eighteen chapters cover metabolism and muscular exercise, the effects of hypo- and hyperventilation, and breath holding. The effects of abnormal gas concentration of oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, carbon monoxide, ozone, and other pollutant gases are described, as well as the pulmonary aspects of high altitude, aviation medi- cine, space physiology, and various aspects of underwater physiology and diving. Other topics include
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