JAMES ALEXANDER MILLER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; ISRAEL RAPPAPORT, M.D.
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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
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 EMPHYSEMA1. 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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