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Old 08-08-2017, 09:17 PM   #11
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Default Re: Enlarged lungs and piping


... those phrases of 16 beats with one breath my sax teacher has me practising? [/QUOTE]

... A full breath?! ... and after just 16 beats?!...
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Old 08-20-2017, 03:52 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Paul View Post
"Many bagpipers get pulmonary edema", my physician father told me when I was a new piper. I think he was just trying to make me quit, but trying to be nice about it. He never commented on any lung ailments caused by piping again, but he was qualified. He wasn't a pulmonologist - he was an anesthesiologist, who was also a medical researcher for a time, and would leave papers around the dining room table that he had written, with titles like "mathematical models of respiration in the human lung", and was a Diplomate of the American College of Chest Physicians. I'm sure that if he thought I was going to have some sort of lung disease, he would have tried harder to stop me. More than 30 years later, my lungs are doing very well.
My piping tutor was a heavy smoker. My late father was an anaesthetist (who took a special interest in lung conditions) and once give the anaesthetic when my tutor had surgery. After the operation my father told me that he had been expecting signs of emphysema and other lung problems but had been amazed at the good condition of my tutor's lungs. He ascribed that in part at least to the pipes. That was also enough to stop him worrying about anything piping might be doing to my lungs.
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