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June 15, 1970

Clinical Cardiopulmonary Physiology

Author Affiliations

University of Arizona Tucson

JAMA. 1970;212(11):1964. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170240166035

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This, the third edition of a book devoted to clinical cardiac and respiratory physiology, is the combined effort of three editors, an editorial board of five, and 80 authors and co-authors. The objective is to focus attention on "new" problems and developments in this area of medicine. In keeping with the goal, this edition is not simply a revision of the 1957 and 1960 editions. Indeed, most authors are new and most of the 53 chapters are unrelated to similar chapters in earlier editions. The book's strengths and weaknesses lie in these facts. Certainly the magnitude of the subject requires multiple authors. The contributors, largely established authorities in their fields, include basic physiologists, internists, surgeons, and clinical pharmacologists. However, despite a large editorial board the multiple authorship accounts for the marked variation in style, depth of presentation, and a degree of redundance. The liberal editorial policy even allowed variation in