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April 6, 1963

Artificial respiration; theory and applications.

Author Affiliations

Tucumcari, N.M.

JAMA. 1963;184(1):82. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700140138035

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Artificial Respiration, Theory and Applications, as edited by James L. Whittenberger, MD, from the works of 15 authors, is well written and makes for fast, clear, and easy reading and understanding.

The theories and mechanics of respiration are described well and the different phases are fully covered. There are many illustrations to clarify any questions the reader may have about theory or mechanics.

Part One deals with the physiology of respiration, in which the exchange of gases is explained definitely and briefly. The pulmonary and systemic circulations and their functions in respiration are well presented. Part Two deals with the different techniques of artificial respiration and discusses their good and bad features. Methods of manual artificial respiration are explained by word and picture, the mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose seemingly preferred. The open airway is stressed as being absolutely essential, in this as in all other techniques.

The different mechanical methods are

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