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Pulmonary pathophysiology--the essentials
West, John B. (John Burnard)
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Baltimore : Williams & Wilkins, [1992]

Physical Description:
x, 219 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Companion v. to: Respiratory physiology--the essentials / John B. West. 4th ed., c1990.
Format :

On Order



This companion monograph to West's Respiratory Physiology, which looks at normal respiratory function, focuses instead on the function of the diseased lung. The text offers a concise overview of the disease states of the lung, emphasizing structure and function. For the Sixth Edition, the basic science will be updated to reflect advances in pulmonary pathophysiology in the last five years, including pulmonary function tests, pathophysiology of asthma, pulmonary edema, pulmonary hypertension, air pollution by aerosols, oxygen therapy, and mechanical ventilation. A second interior color is also new to this edition. Intended for second-year medical students taking system-based pathophysiology courses, this book will also prove useful to students in clerkship/rotation.

Author Notes

John B. West, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.: Professor of Medicine and Physiology, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, California

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Part 1 Lung Function Tests and What They Mean
Chapter 1 Ventilationp. 3
Chapter 2 Gas Exchangep. 17
Chapter 3 Other Testsp. 37
Part 2 Function of the Diseased Lung
Chapter 4 Obstructive Diseasesp. 51
Chapter 5 Restrictive Diseasesp. 81
Chapter 6 Vascular Diseasesp. 101
Chapter 7 Environmental and Other Diseasesp. 123
Part 3 Function of the Failing Lung
Chapter 8 Respiratory Failurep. 145
Chapter 9 Oxygen Therapyp. 159
Chapter 10 Mechanical Ventilationp. 173
Appendix A Symbols, Units, and Normal Valuesp. 187
Appendix B Referencesp. 191
Appendix C Further Readingp. 195
Appendix D Answers to Chapter Questionsp. 197
Indexp. 200