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July 25, 1959

The Investigation of the Relative Function of the Right and Left Lung by Broncho-Spirometry: Technique, Physiology and Application

JAMA. 1959;170(13):1612. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010130116037

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This excellent monograph describing the technique, physiology, and applications of bronchospirometry is by the assistant surgeon in charge of the University Institute for Respiratory Physiology in Oslo, Norway. In many situations, particularly where an operation is contemplated or has been performed, it is important to know the respiratory function of each lung. Bronchospirometry provides this information, but the technique of intubing each main bronchus and of getting an accurate and reliable test is so difficult that the procedure is rarely used and more rarely used well. Realizing this, the author has described his technique in detail, listing the difficulties he has encountered and the manner in which he has overcome them. Among other things, he has devised a bronchospirometer tube which is well tolerated and which can be easily constructed. The remainder of the book is devoted to a report of studies on the effect of position on the function

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