Volume s1-30, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This book, which is Number 10 of the Harvard University monographs in medicine and public health, apparently presents for the first time, a complete review of available experimental data and physiologic studies in diseases of the heart and lungs in man. Thus it offers a better basis for evaluation of conflicting concepts.

The carefully annotated bibliography, which contains references to all the available literature on the subject, is truly impressive without giving the reader the thought, as so many bibliographies do, that it is designed to impress him. For instance, under lung volume, the author discusses pulmonary elasticity and distensibility, intrapleural pressure, and so-called vital capacity, giving appropriate references to support his discussion. In a few short sentences, he brings out the significance of the various subdivisions of the total lung volume—functional residual (subtidal) air, residual air, reserve (supplemental) air, complemental air, vital capacity and total capacity—and knocks into a cocked hat the erroneous concept based on loose thinking which has popularly ascribed the dyspnea of heart disease to reduction in vital capacity.


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