RICHARD V. EBERT, M.D., F.A.C.P.
In recent years there has been an expanding interest in the clinical application of pulmonary physiology. Pulmonary function tests have become widely used, and these studies have been of aid in the diagnosis and management of patients with chronic pulmonary disease. The elasticity of the lungs plays an important rôle in the normal functioning of this organ. If the lungs possessed no elastic properties breathing would be impossible.
Before discussing the elastic properties of the lung it is probably wise to define the term elasticity. If a wire is stretched it will tend to return to its original length after
EBERT RV. THE CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ELASTIC PROPERTIES OF THE LUNG(THE CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ELASTIC PROPERTIES OF THE LUNG*). Ann Intern Med. 1956;45:589–597. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-45-4-589
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1956;45(4):589-597.
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