This monograph was planned to present normal cardiopulmonary mechanisms and their disturbances in diseases of the chest. The first chapters deal with normal physiology and are followed by chapters covering methods of examination and testing of cardiopulmonary functions. Succeeding chapters discuss the clinical physiology of impairment of the mechanics of respiration, obstructive phenomena of the respiratory tract, and mixing and dilution problems of the alveolar membrane, with adequate consideration of common and less common pulmonary diseases. The last chapters are devoted to the pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases of the chest and include considerations of cor pulmonale, pulmonary edema, acquired valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure, congenital malformations of the heart, and impairment of the pulmonary circulation. While the emphasis throughout is on the physiology and pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary disease, etiology, pathogenesis, treatment, and prognosis are capably discussed.
The editorial committee of the College of Chest Physicians has succeeded in its
Clinical Cardiopulmonary Physiology. JAMA. 1957;165(5):638. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980230208023
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