By John H. Knowles, M.D. Price, $5.25. Pp. 256, with no illustrations. Harvard University Press, Cambridge 38, Mass., 1959.
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This book's title is an accurate reflection of the contents; it is a concise and practical review of current knowledge of respiratory physiology in normal and abnormal states. The first section is devoted to a discussion of respiratory function and the measurement of its various components; the second discusses the pathologic physiology of various disease states affecting the lungs. This latter half points up the information which may be obtained from the different meas- urements in each situation, which tests are most helpful and why. A valuable part of this book is the up-to-date 426-reference bibliography.
The emphasis throughout the book is on clinical physiologic diagnoses, and very little consideration is given to problems of etiology or treatment.
There are a few areas which might be clarified by further diagrams. However, in general the writing is extremely clear, and this book would make an excellent addition to the library of
Webster JR. Respiratory Physiology and Its Clinical Application. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(1):158. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820010160031
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