The diaphragm is probably the most interesting and important of all skeletal muscles. Its general physiological properties are unique1; it plays a prominent part in a variety of functions of the body. Thus, it is the chief muscle of respiration, and it acts as an important circulatory muscle by propelling venous blood and lymph into the chest cavity. While the physiology of the diaphragm has received much attention, the pathology of this organ has been greatly neglected; with the exception of reports on diaphragmatic hernia and subphrenic abscess, there are but few studies concerning its morbid anatomy. Yet here, as
LUCKÉ B. On the Morbid Anatomy of the Diaphragm12. Ann Intern Med. ;5:750–758. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-5-6-750
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1931;5(6):750-758.
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