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This small volume is written not for the specialist who takes care of people with respiratory failure but for the general doctor who may from time to time see people with acute respiratory failure. The book is short, well written, and nicely illustrated. Most of the equipment described is British equipment and will be unfamiliar to United States doctors. The author is reluctant to say that in an emergency, maintenance of adequate alveolar ventilation by mouth to mouth breathing is mandatory. Instead he says, Acute respiratory failure may however develop suddenly when no apparatus of any kind is immediately available. In such circumstances the air in the lungs of anyone present will serve as the gas for inflating the patient and the muscles of expiration as a means of delivering it under pressure. This form of artificial respiration is now the method of choice in extreme emergency. It will provide
Bedell GN. Essentials of Artificial Ventilation of the Lungs. Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):1000–1001. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060212041
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