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November 7, 1925

Vital Capacity of the Lungs. A Handbook for Clinicians and Others Interested in the Examination of the Heart and Lungs Both in Health and Disease.

JAMA. 1925;85(19):1508-1509. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670190068040

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Internists, teachers of physical education, and investigators will welcome this concise, accurate and conservative monograph. The author has attempted to bring together the chief facts which we now possess concerning the normal vital capacity and its variations in health and in disease, making these data available without the use of any mathematical calculations or an understanding of the mathematical formulas from which the tables are derived. The six chapters deal in turn with the history of the study of vital capacity; factors other than disease which influence the normal capacity; the influence of disease on the vital capacity; some limitations of the vital capacity as a clinical test for disease or as a test for physical fitness; measurements and instruments used in the vital capacity test, and, finally, normal vital capacity standards. The presentation is clear, concise and conservative. No one will take issue with the following conclusion (p. 81):

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