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May 7, 1982

Scientific Foundations of Respiratory Medicine

JAMA. 1982;247(17):2424. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320420068045

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Because the content of this large volume is not apparent from the title, a brief description seems appropriate. The text is divided into the following seven sections: epidemiology, structure, normal physiology, biochemistry (and, in reality, considerable pharmacology), infection and host response, pathology and therapy, and disordered function. Each section contains from four to 12 chapters.

It seems surprising that pulmonary immunology lacks a section of its own. However, with five separate chapters each dealing with a specific aspect of the immune response divided between two separate sections, the subject is not ignored. The editorial task of grouping the many chapters contributed by 62 different distinguished scientists is formidable. This book is in reality a compilation of up-to-date summaries, work-inprogress reports, and state-of-the-art presentations. It is for the serious student of pulmonary disease—readers interested in all of the major areas, including basic sciences, physical signs, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment.

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