August 1968

Hyperventilation and Hysteria.

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By Thomas P. Lowry, MD. Price, $8.75. Pp 192. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1967.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(2):245-246. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740080117022

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The second chapter which follows the introduction is a rather complete one giving 103 references and outlining the development of the concept of hyperventilation. The authors note the potential importance of this area to military medicine in general, and aviation medicine in particular. For the reader who is interested in psychosomatic problems there are some particularly interesting references to studies dealing with relations between the emotions and hyperventilation. The third chapter on the physiology of hyperventilation by Dr. Cone Johnson is very well written and completely covers the subject with 194 references. In this chapter he points out that hyperventilation is appropriately defined as "an increase in alveolar ventilation, supplying more oxygen and removing more carbon dioxide than the metabolic rate requires." He uses this particular definition to avoid some of the pitfalls of the more clinical notion of hyperventilation as

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