The American Physiological Society is sponsoring a multi-volume, encyclopedic review of physiological knowledge. For the respiratory section this volume is only the first of two planned. It contains 34 chapters, all dealing with historical development, anatomic organization, chemical or physical processes at both the cellular and organ level, and neurohumoral mechanisms of respiration. Each chapter is a relatively succinct review of one particular subject, with sufficient illustrative and diagrammatic material for thorough comprehension. Considerably more detail would be required if the reader hoped to perform experimental studies.
An enormous amount of current knowledge in respiratory physiology has been collected in volume one. A distinguished panel of acknowledged experts is represented, although some authorities on certain topics are conspicuously absent. Nevertheless, this is an admir-] able reference work for which the editors must be congratulated.
Volume two, currently scheduled for publication in April 1965, will contain approximately 73 chapters under the