Respiratory Defense Mechanisms. Part II. Edited by Brain Joseph D. Proctora Donald F. Reid Lynne M., pages. Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York and Basel, 1977. Price, $69.50.

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The fifth of the 10-volume series Lung Biology in Health and Disease conceived and midwifed by Dr. Claude Lenfant, director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, this book is divided into two sections: pulmonary clearance of inhaled materials and pulmonary macrophage function. At the start Morrow provides a mathematical approach to clearance and retention kinetics of inhaled particles. Such rigorous approaches are critical to meaningful assessments of noxious inhalants. The chapters on cough, by Leith, which provide abundant clinical relevance, and airway reflexes, by Widdicombe, which emphasize challenging modern neurophysiologic approaches, are

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