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October 1964

Pulmonary Functions in Clinical Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(4):570. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860100152035

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This 68-page monograph is an effort to present in simple fashion the basic facts of respiratory physiology which should be known by doctors. The book will be of interest to general practitioners, internists, surgeons, pediatricians, and others who have the feeling they do not know anything about lung physiology. Some doctors have told me that they want a book that sets things out clearly and briefly. They assert they do not have the time and patience to read Comroe's book. Well, for those people, here is the book. As with any book that makes things simple, there are a few oversimplifications and a few errors. One such is on page 38. The author states "Breathing 100 per cent oxygen will completely resaturate the arterial blood in all pulmonary disorders. Failure to achieve this is suspicious of shunting, or of polycythemia vera." This statement is certainly correct for shunting but is

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