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July 16, 1982

Respiratory Physiology

JAMA. 1982;248(3):372. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330030070038

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Pathophysiology of Respiration, edited by Meir H. Kryger (Wiley Pathophysiology Series, Neville Bittar, ed), 352 pp, with illus, paper, $17.50, New York, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1981.

Respiratory Physiology by N. B. Slonim and L. H. Hamilton is the fourth edition of this text, which, as described by the authors, has the objective of presenting explicitly and tersely the physiology of human respiration and is structured primarily for use by medical students. By comparison with others, this book is rather abbreviated, comprising only 239 pages of actual text, 11 tables, and 78 figures, with an additional 62 pages of appendix, glossary, and index. Despite claims by the authors that this new edition has been expanded and extended in the direction of the new organ system biology, there is hardly a discernible expansion of the text, and new chapters have not been added. The authors have subdivided existing chapters from