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To the average internist this will be both a stimulating and a disturbing book. It attacks his conceptions of acidosis, its definition, its mechanism, and the validity of the usual methods of measuring it. In return it leaves him with a new theory which is rather difficult to grasp. The inner relationship of oxygen deficiency to carbon dioxide deficiency has not yet been solved.
The book is to some extent historical, even autobiographical in its approach, since it tells the story of the growth of our knowledge of respiration over 30 years during which the author has been working in
Adventures in Respiration: Modes of Asphyxiation and Methods of Resuscitation.. Ann Intern Med. 1939;13:556. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-13-3-556_1
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