JAMES ALEXANDER MILLER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; ISRAEL RAPPAPORT, M.D.
In a recent publication1 we presented a preliminary communication suggesting our ideas of intrinsic lung function. At that time we reached the following conclusions:
(1) The intrinsic function of the lungs consists in their alveolo-capillary surface-creating and self-cleansing power.
(2) Disturbance in these functions manifests itself by obliteration of some and compensatory hyperfunction of other lung areas.
(3) In pulmonary fibrosis there is a permanent loss of functioning lung units, due to failure of the intrinsic self-cleansing function, and in emphysema there occurs an irreversible loss of retraction power in the compensating lung units where the operation of the intrinsic
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MILLER JA, RAPPAPORT I. AN ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED TO AN ANNIVERSARY VOLUME IN HONOR OF DOCTOR JOSEPH HERSEY PRATT: THE RELATION OF PULMONARY FUNCTION TO FIBROSIS AND EMPHYSEMA(THE RELATION OF PULMONARY FUNCTION TO FIBROSIS AND EMPHYSEMA*). Ann Intern Med. 1938;11:1644–1661. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-9-1644
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1938;11(9):1644-1661.
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