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July 2, 1973

Clinical Aspects of Inhaled Particles

JAMA. 1973;225(1):68-69. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220280056036

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The purpose of this volume is to furnish the reader with an understanding of the behavior of airborne material as it reaches the respiratory tract. Professor Muir leads off with an excellent discussion of the physics of aerosols, essential to understanding of effects. His lucid presentation of air-flow characteristics in the successive orders of bronchi, the effective diameter of particles in the aerosols, sites of deposition along the airways, and clearance mechanisms is full yet concise. He expands these ideas further and effectively in two other chapters, one dealing with airborne allergens, the other with physical properties of therapeutic aerosols.

Professor Lawther presents the chapter on "Air Pollution and Tobacco Smoke" and points out the numerous inadequacies in our knowledge of effects. Dr. Williams deals with airborne microbial infection, and is particularly good on the subject of air disinfection. Dr. Schilling presents byssinosis, while Dr. Elmes discusses asbestosis. The chapter