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March 10, 1956

CHRONIC PROGRESSIVE RESPIRATORY FAILUREGUEST EDITORIAL

JAMA. 1956;160(10):876. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960450058014

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Abstract

The medical student as well as the medical practitioner has a mental concept of circulatory failure. He distinguishes between the central, or cardiac, and peripheral, or shock, type of failure. He is taught how to diagnose the chronic or progressive stages of cardiovascular diseases and learns how to recognize the signs, symptoms, and treatment of various forms of heart failure. In the larger centers, there are actual "heart stations" for diagnosis of the more complicated cardiac diseases. Even the smallest hospitals have equipment that is useful in aiding in the diagnosis of various forms of heart disease. But, with respiratory diseases, equipment for the teaching of diagnosis and therapy is lacking in all but a few large centers.

Respiratory function units are available in only a few places. This would tend to make one think that there is no such entity as respiratory disease or that the cardiac function laboratories

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