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May 25, 1963

Microaerosols; physiology, pharmacology, therapeutics.

JAMA. 1963;184(8):665. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700210099027

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In this small volume Dr. Dautreband of Belgium has summarized his extensive contributions over the past 30 years. Among the best of the twenty-two chapters are those pertaining to the technical aspects of aerosol production, the collective administration of aerosols to workers in dusty occupations, and the methods of sampling and sizing aerosol particles.

There are 38 pages of references, but not all sections are equally well documented. Physiological studies, particularly in man, are well annotated, whereas pharmacologic experiments and the technical aspects of aerosols and aerosol production are irregularly documented. There are frequent references to corroborative findings, but few to conclusions at variance with those obtained by the author. The use of numerical references instead of proper names would have made the text somewhat easier to read. The author occasionally displays considerable physiological naïveté, particularly in his conclusions about carbon dioxide transfer. On the other hand, he uses ingenious

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