Oxygen Consumption of Tissues in the Human Lung

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Science  07 Apr 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3458, pp. 1070-1072
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3458.1070


A method for estimating the metabolic rate of the human pulmonary tissues is described. Six patients with far advanced pulmonary tuberculosis showed an average rate of 12 percent of the total oxygen consumption. A method for measuring the right ventricular output with an inert gas is also outlined, and the use of this approach to minimize errors in the estimation of the tissue metabolic rate is described.