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June 19, 1987

Abnormal Pulmonary Circulation

JAMA. 1987;257(23):3292. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390230128046

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this short monograph on abnormalities of the pulmonary circulation and believe that many pulmonary physicians and others interested in the pulmonary circulation will find it to be a convenient update on the current level of knowledge in the field.

The chapters, which appear to have been chosen in a selective rather than a comprehensive manner, are broadly divided into three areas: physiology, pathology, and therapy. Six of the ten chapters are devoted to physiology. The contents of the chapters are well presented and documented. I particularly appreciate the effort that most of the authors have made to render critical judgments about the weight that should be given to various scientific data. In a field that tends to be dominated by conflicting data, the informative and coherent presentations are a joy. I particularly appreciated reading the chapters dealing with muscle energetics, vascular innovation, humoral control, and acute