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May 1973

Respiratory Physiology.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(5):755. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320110139025

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This book, prepared primarily for medical students, includes chapters on the standard aspects of respiratory physiology, chapters on respiration in the newborn and respiratory responses to unusual environments, a glossary, and an appendix of equations and reference data.

The text generally reads smoothly, and the illustrations are satisfactory. But the book cannot, by itself, be regarded as an adequate resource for learning the fundamentals of respiratory physiology. Several criticisms seem in order: (1) There are important omissions. For example, the chapter on mechanics omits mention of the static pressure volume curve, and the chapter on gas transport does not discuss 2,3-DPG. (2) There are unclear sections, such as the discussion of the O2-CO2 diagram, which only serve to discourage medical students (and others) from hopes of ever comprehending respiratory physiology. (3) There are overly firm statements on matters not securely established. A few examples are (page 14)

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