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April 26, 1965

Respiratory Function in Disease: An Introduction to the Integrated Study of the Lung

JAMA. 1965;192(4):335. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080170063030

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"An introduction to the integrated study of the lung" is the subtitle of this book and best explains its purpose. In its field it is the most complete text which has appeared to date in the English language. Emphasis is naturally directed toward chronic diseases, since it is in this group of disorders that physiological changes have been best documented.

The first quarter of the text is devoted to a thorough but by no means overly detailed review of normal pulmonary physiology, the relevant gross and microscopic anatomy, and a review of normal findings. A survey of all methods used to characterize different lung functions is included, together with many useful tables of normal values. The second quarter of the text deals with the diseases of impeded airways—asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. Our definitions and understanding of these interrelated disorders have changed substantially in recent years, primarily as a result

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