Doctor Lynne Reid's new text, The Pathology of Emphysema, is much more than its title implies. Anatomic emphysema in all its various forms is thoroughly described, together with related clinical, radiological, and physiological phenomena. Case reports round out the presentation. Dr. Reid distinguishes clearly between anatomic emphysema and functional airway obstruction (a distinction which is too often overlooked, particularly in the United States). In precise detail she describes the morphologic and clinical features various causes of airway obstruction and discusses their probable relationship to anatomic emphysema. Of particular interest are three chapters on classification, pathogenesis, and attempts to produce artificial emphysema in animals. In the appendix she describes her method of preparing and studying lungs and discusses available methods for the quantitation of emphysema.
Doctor Reid prefers the term "centriacinar" to "centrilobular" emphysema since the process apparently arises in the center of an acinus (supplied by one respiratory bronchiole)