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December 13, 1965

Physiology of Respiration: An Introductory Text

JAMA. 1965;194(11):1260. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090240094043

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This book, one of a series on organ physiology, complements a previous text by Dr. Comroe and others entitled The Lung. The earlier book dealt primarily with the background and techniques used in clinical physiology laboratories to evaluate pulmonary function, and included 17 case presentations illustrative of clinical applications. This new publication is organized in the customary manner of a physiology text. There are separate chapters on central nervous system regulation of respiration, pulmonary and other reflexes, the response to excess and deficits of both oxygen and carbon dioxide, and a review of the functions of the upper respiratory tract. The bulk of the text is devoted to the clinically more familiar aspects of lung function—ventilation, lung volumes, mechanical factors in breathing, pulmonary circulation, and gas transport, plus a brief section entitled "Manifestations of Pulmonary Disease," containing physiological explanations of common symptomatology.

Dr. Comroe has a justly deserved reputation for

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