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April 18, 1977

Applied Physiology of Respiratory Care

Author Affiliations

The Jewish Hospital of St Louis St Louis

JAMA. 1977;237(16):1730. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270430072030

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In recent years respiratory care has played a key role in the management of patients who are critically ill from whatever cause. This volume is an outstanding, sophisticated compilation of information relevant to respiratory care.

The volume is divided into six sections. The first, on general management of respiratory failure, contains material on diverse topics such as the effects of controlled ventilation on the performance of several organ systems, the effects of infection on respiratory function, fluid balance, and nutrition, and problems in monitoring. Virtually every physician involved in respiratory care will gain by reading this section. The other sections of the book, equally valuable, cover specific surgical problems, trauma, respiratory failure complicating organ (heart, liver, renal, nervous system) failure, effects of age and obesity, and miscellaneous problems such as poisoning and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Sorting the subject matter into these categories reflects a sound way of grouping respiratory care