Pulmonary Blood Flow and Gas Exchange

  • John B. West
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The fields of pulmonary blood flow and gas exchange are so vast that it has been necessary to be very selective. I have briefly reviewed some early historical developments because of both their intrinsic interest and the fact that early prejudices continue to surface from time to time. Interesting though somewhat anecdotal historical vignettes of research on the pulmonary circulation during the last 50 years have appeared recently (64), and there is an earlier account of aspects of the history of pulmonary gas exchange (71). I apologize in advance to those physiologists whose important contributions have not been included here.


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