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The author is well known for his many publications on the respiratory system in childhood. The present volume deals with the growth, anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the lungs in different age periods, from newborn period through puberty. The largest part of the book is devoted to the anatomy and histology of the lungs and the bronchial tree, while the physiology gets less attention. The author justifies his anatomical approach as follows: "I am conscious that my approach is contrary to the present tendency. Anatomy is old-fashioned, function is modern. But where do we go, when we withdraw more and more from the solid anatomical foundations?"
Engel's book is based almost entirely on his own investigations. Outstanding are the chapters on the pathology of the bronchial glands and the various types of pneumonia. Very stimulating is the concept of age disposition. Engel's work provides a solid anatomical basis for the
Die Lunge des Kindes.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;90(2):249. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.04030010251026