WILLIAM D. REID, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The belief that respiration assists the return of blood to the heart is not new, but there is a lack of consensus among physiologists as to the mechanism of this cardiorespiratory function. Many believe that abdominal and pulmonary venous blood is aspirated to the heart. It is the purpose of this paper to discuss the respiratory act as a propulsive mechanism in the circulation of the blood.
The right ventricular output of blood per minute is necessarily the same as that of the left ventricle, so that the volume output of the latter may safely be utilized for
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REID WD. RESPIRATION AS A FACTOR IN THE CIRCULATION OF THE BLOOD(RESPIRATION AS A FACTOR IN THE CIRCULATION OF THE BLOOD*). Ann Intern Med. 1942;17:206–211. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-17-2-206
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1942;17(2):206-211.
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