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The second volume of the Handbook of Physiology is concerned with the physiology of blood flow. Its 26 chapters cover the general aspects of pulsatile flow, the function of the vascular wall, the nature of atherosclerosis, the techniques of measuring blood flow, and ten chapters on blood flow through special regions including skin, pregnant uterus, and bones and joints, in addition to the more obvious chapters on hepatic, renal, mesenteric, and coronary flow. Cerebral blood flow is not included. The volume concludes with a superb chapter on the dynamics of the pulmonary circulation by Fishman. As before, all chapters are profusely illustrated and have large reference sections. There is an extensive index.
Nothing perhaps indicates clearer the shift of the center of scientific gravity from Europe to this country than the emergence of a handbook of this scope from the loom of the American Physiological Society, with some assistance from
Hecht HH. Handbook of Physiology: Section 2. Circulation; Volume II. Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(2):248. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860140128032
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