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August 1, 1959

Pulmonary Circulation: An International Symposium, 1958, Sponsored by the Chicago Heart Association

JAMA. 1959;170(14):1751. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010140131033

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This is a record of the proceedings of an international group of physiologists, pathologists, and clinicians gathered to consider the pulmonary circulation in health and disease. It consists of a series of carefully written papers, illustrated with photographs and diagrams and accompanied by a transcript of the ensuing viva-voce discussion. An interesting introductory chapter sketches the history of the pulmonary circulation, especially the remarkably explicit statements on the subject by Michael Servetus in the years before his tragic death in 1553. Six chapters deal with the physiology of the pulmonary circulation and emphasize the complexity of the factors that determine the pressures, rates of flow, and distribution of blood in the lungs. Six chapters on pathology deal especially with the relation of the pulmonary to the bronchial vascular systems and the significance of pulmonary and systemic hypertension. Five chapters on pulmonary circulation in primary disease of the lungs include discussions

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