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October 1955

The Clinical Physiology of the Lungs.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;96(4):570. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250150144019

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In a short monograph this well-known pulmonary physiologist presents in an informal and suggestive fashion the physiology of the lung as related to its special anatomical structure. The treatise is divided into five chapters. In the first chapter, the pulmonary artery system and the regulation of blood flow through this system is described. In the second chapter, the pulmonary veins and capillaries are discussed. The bronchi and bronchioles follow in the third chapter, with the discussion of the mechanism of asthma. Nervous innervation of the lung and its role in respiration, alveolar and bronchial function, and blood circulation follow next. Special attention is paid to neurogenic factors in pulmonary edema. Finally, the lymph circulation of the lungs is described.

This small book is comprehensive and stimulating. Much was contributed to the problem by the author himself. Very interesting, for instance, is the opinion that increased capillary pressure in the lungs

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