ALVAN L. BARACH, M.D., F.A.C.P.; DICKINSON W. RICHARDS, M.D.; W. BARCLAY PARSONS, M.D.
The primary function of the lungs is to transmit to the arterial blood coursing through them an adequate supply of oxygen from the inhaled atmospheric air. During expiration carbon dioxide and water vapor are eliminated. The delivery to the tissues of the oxygen absorbed by the arterial blood is dependent upon the heart, the peripheral circulation, the amount of functioning hemoglobin, the blood volume and other factors. If the heart action is sufficiently impaired, it is unable to maintain adequate blood flow, and the oxygen is supplied to the tissues at a tension less than that needed for proper functioning
BARACH AL, RICHARDS DW, PARSONS WB. OXYGEN TREATMENT AND THYROID ABLATION IN THE TREATMENT OF HEART DISEASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;9:1513–1548. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-9-11-1513
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1936;9(11):1513-1548.
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