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March 21, 1977

Lung Cells in Disease

JAMA. 1977;237(12):1267-1268. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270390083041

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The mammalian lung contains more than 40 different types of cells, but their biology has never been presented and discussed in an ad hoc meeting. This meeting has produced a fascinating book, which shows the importance of the multidisciplinary approach in lung research and the increasing need for information in lung biology. The list of participants reads like an excerpt from Who's Who in the Biology of the Lung Cells. There are three sections: "Cells in Normal Lung," "Mechanisms of Lung Disease," and "Impact on Lung Disease Research." The two excellent papers of the last section discuss the clinical implications of the progress made in lung biology. The first and second sections review recent personal work on the anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, and immunology of the lung cells.

The highly specialized technical information is conveyed in a rather simple, direct fashion, making the book both intelligible and enjoyable. The personal results