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Physiology of the Lung.

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By Lim Thomas P. K.. . 185 pages. Charles C Thomas, Publisher; , Springfield, Illinois: . 1983.. $16.75 (paperback).

Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(2):289. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-99-2-289_2
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This is a very good book for medical students on the physiology of breathing. It is well balanced and clearly written and includes a useful glossary of medical terms. The book, however, is short and lacks anecdotes to illustrate the principles discussed.

There are 17 chapters, beginning with one on anatomy of the lung, and proceeding via spirometry and lung volumes to airway obstruction and restrictive lung impairment. A discussion of the respiratory muscles includes sections on ventilation, diffusion, perfusion, and ventilation/perfusion ratios, as well as a brief introduction to the molecular nitrogen partial pressure in arterial blood and urine—the



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