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Respiratory physiology--the essentials
West, John B. (John Burnard)
Sixth edition.
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, [2000]

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x, 171 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Thoroughly updated, the Sixth Edition covers the essential information in respiratory physiology in a well-organized, concise format. Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials is an introductory text written by Dr. West, a well-respected leader in the field. Updated sections include pulmonary capillaries, diffusion of carbon dioxide, hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction, pulmonary edema, and a new chapter focusing on control of ventilation. Numerous illustrations, improved two-color diagrams, self-study review questions, and a helpful index detailing symbols, units, and equations help facilitate rapid learning of the material. All of the diagrams have been improved by adding a second color.

Author Notes

John B. West, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Chapter 1 Structure and function--how the architecture of the lung subserves its functionp. 1
Chapter 2 Ventilation--how gas gets to the alveolip. 11
Chapter 3 Diffusion--how gas gets across the blood-gas barrierp. 21
Chapter 4 Blood flow and metabolism--how the pulmonary circulation removes gas from the lung and alters some metabolitesp. 29
Chapter 5 Ventilation-perfusion relationships--how matching of gas and blood determines gas exchangep. 45
Chapter 6 Gas transport by the blood--how gases are moved to the peripheral tissuesp. 63
Chapter 7 Mechanics of breathing--how the lung is supported and movedp. 79
Chapter 8 Control of ventilation--how gas exchange is regulatedp. 103
Chapter 9 Respiratory system under stress--how gas exchange is accomplished during exercise, at low and high pressures, and at birthp. 117
Chapter 10 Tests of pulmonary function--how respiratory physiology is applied to measure lung functionp. 131
Appendix A Symbols, Units, Equationsp. 143
Appendix B Questionsp. 149
Appendix C Answersp. 155
Appendix D Further Readingp. 159
Figure Creditsp. 163
Indexp. 165