What sort of organ is the lung? A difficult question, but as Averill Liebow, co-editor of this volume, says, it is "... much more than a wind bag or bellows. It is a complicated, subtle and important chemical system of which the activities have been only partly revealed." This monograph, the eighth put out by the International Academy of Pathology, helps to reveal a little more.
Doctors Liebow and Smith have gathered together 24 authorities to give their views of what goes on in the labyrinths of the lung. The first 15 chapters concern the living lung and cover topics like pulmonary dynamics, respiratory surfaces, mechanical properties, changes in disease, cellular population, responses to environment, and comparisons to diseases in animals.
Next come four chapters on geographic pathology, and pathologists from different lands participate. An Egyptian has a go at pulmonary bilharziasis, a Peruvian at the lungs of high-altitude dwellers, a