Lung Liquid and Solute Exchange

  • Norman C. StaubSr.
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The history of lung liquid and solute exchange is relatively brief compared with some other aspects of respiratory physiology. No doubt the ancients knew about clinical pulmonary edema, but it was not scientifically discussed until the 19th century. Even then, it was considered to be chiefly a secondary event relative to heart failure, and it remained that way well into the 20th century. For their 1956 review, Visscher, Haddy, and Stephens collected a bibliography of several hundred papers, but these dealt mainly with clinical observations and experiments related to various theories of heart failure (55).


Pulmonary Edema Pulmonary Arterial Pressure Solute Exchange Lymph Flow Lung Edema 
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