May 1970

Lung Function.

Author Affiliations

St. Louis


By JE Cotes DM, MRCP. Price, $16. Pp 616, with 112 illustrations. FA Davis Co, 1915 Arch St, Philadelphia 19103, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(5):895-896. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310050133021

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This book deserves a wide audience. It is very well written, current, and ranges over theory and application. Students, technicians, physicians, and even card-carrying physiologists may find this the best concise survey on lung function available.

The initial chapters spell out basics of terminology, hardware, and testing techniques. These are followed by back to back chapters concerned with conceptual and practical facets of pulmonary mechanics, distribution of ventilation and perfusion, alveolar gas exchange, and regulation of respiration. Concluding chapters discuss the selection of the appropriate pulmonary function test, normal values, patterns of functional disturbance in disease, and certain types of respiratory therapy.

In delineating concepts of lung function, the author is very lucid. The illustrations are well designed. The subject of distribution of ventilation and perfusion, which has been highly developed in the last few years, is unusually well presented.

Without having the flavor of a "how to do it"

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