BRUCE W. ARMSTRONG, M.D.
Many clinicians—doctors who practice medicine and see patients at the bedside rather than those who spend most of their work day in laboratories—frequently think of pulmonary function testing in terms of an elaborate methodology, intricate calculations and an obscure terminology. Although it is perfectly true that many aspects of pulmonary physiology are difficult to understand, there are several tests of pulmonary function with proved, practical value that are basically simple to understand and to use. Equally important, they can be fitted into a schema that unifies the test results into an integrated picture of the patient.
Practically, there are three
ARMSTRONG BW. CLINICAL PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTING. Ann Intern Med. 1959;51:405–412. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-51-2-405
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