Yet in a few years this group laid the foundations of modern respiratory mechanics and pulmonary gas exchange!.
It may seem incongruous that a group of individuals with such diverse and unrelated interests (Leigh Chadwick’ was studying Drosophila flight, Hermann Rahn was developing a bioassay method in frogs for testing intermedin hormone of the pituitary, and Arthur Otis was studying the activation and inhibition of the enzyme tyrosinase in grasshopper eggs) could put aside these activities to participate and collaborate effectively in a project on pressure breathing. None of us had any previous training in human physiology (we were not certain which lung volume was, in the terminology of the day, complemental air and which was supplemental air). (Otis and Rahn, 1980)
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