The birth of clinical body plethysmography: it was a good week


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Abstract

Nearly fifty years ago, Arthur B. DuBois, Julius H. Comroe Jr., and their colleagues published two papers on the use of body plethysmography to measure lung volume and airway resistance. These two articles in the JCI are almost the most-cited doublet in the Journal's entire archive. Remarkably, the methods described then are still in use today in clinical pulmonary function laboratories. Though body plethysmography had been used before, there were serious technical problems; it was extraordinary that DuBois managed to solve most of these in one week. Times have changed and molecular medicine now dominates the JCI, but these articles remind us that biomedical research goes beyond the molecular.

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