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As the editor of these four volumes points out, the third edition of this work was, on account of conditions resulting from World War II, incomplete in that it contained no section on diseases of the respiratory tract. The work is not a handbook but a system. The first volume deals with general principles: the anatomy and abnormal physiology of the respiratory system, the methods of testing respiratory changes and of interpreting the results, and the forms and classification of pulmonary insufficiency and the clinical manifestations. Sections follow on general symptoms and the significance of sputum, roentgenographic, and leukocyte examinations in pulmonary and bronchial diseases. There are discussions of cardinal symptoms such as cough, hemoptysis, chest pain, cyanosis, and dyspnea; of the influence of heredity and constitution; and of methods of therapy, including operation; and there are detailed sections on special types of pulmonary disease and methods of investigating them.
Handbuch der inneren Medizin. JAMA. 1957;163(12):1093. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970470091024
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