CIBA Foundation Symposium on Pulmonary Structure and Function

By A. V. S. De Reuck; Maeve O'Connor | Go to book overview

MECHANICS OF RESPIRATORY STRUCTURES

JERE MEAD Department of Physiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts


Prologue: A Tale of Two Suitors

There was once a beautiful princess forced to choose between two equally questionable suitors -- both biologists. For each she set the same trial: to solve the riddle of the lung, or, as it said further along in the announcement, "to describe the relationship between pulmonary structure and function". But the princess was tricky when it came to methodology. One suitor was permitted to measure anything he wanted so long as he never actually looked at a lung. The other could look as much as he pleased and could take the lungs to pieces if he liked, but under no circumstances was he to look at living lungs and he must never measure anything at all! In the final contest, or symposium as it was called, neither survived. Each went down ensnarled in his own artifacts and choking on the assumptions of the other.

Moral: One man's artifact is another man's assumption.


Introduction

This symposium is comprised principally of physiologists who know very little about the anatomy of lungs and morphologists who know very little about their functioning. The rules set by the princess would appear still to apply. Suitors of both kinds who have perhaps been cheating a bit in preparation for this meeting may be offended by these remarks, but let him stand who can truly say he has looked deep into the living lung!

I should like to suggest a common vantage point that affords at

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