Intended as an instruction and reference guide for the cardiopulmonary technologist, this book describes several traditional concepts and procedures used in evaluating pulmonary and cardiac function. As stated in the authors' preface, there is a need for such a book because "transmission of methods and formulas from laboratory to laboratory by word-of-mouth and scraps of papers has led to errors and omissions." Lack of standardization in physiological studies is a major reason such books have been scarce. Indeed, this book is more a manual for the authors' own laboratory than a general description of commonly used procedures in similar laboratories.
The director of a new laboratory or the beginning technologist will appreciate the clear presentation of the proper use of the Scholander analyzer and Van Slyke apparatus. Either may find help in the practical advice on using Douglas bags, collecting arterial blood, and maintaining equipment. However, both will be frustrated