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Biomedical Sciences - Human Physiology | Respiratory Physiology - People and Ideas

Respiratory Physiology

People and Ideas

West, John B (Ed.)

Originally Published by Oxford University Press 1996

1996, 448 p.


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  • About this book

  • Some of the chapters are personal accounts of the development of respiratory physiology as observed by the author
  • Covers aspects such as morphology, gas exchange and blood flow, mechanics, control of ventilation, and comparative physiology
Present-day respiratory physiology stems largely from the explosion of ideas which took place during and after World War II. A number of the major players are still active, but the opportunity to prepare a personal history of this branch of medicine will soon be lost. In a sense then, this book offers an exceptional, even unique, opportunity. We are offered a first-hand chronicle of the advancements made in respiratory physiology in the course of this century by one of the principal figures in the field. The volume covers every aspect of the evolution of this important area of knowledge: morphology, gas exchange and blood flow, mechanics, control of ventillation, and comparative physiology. Some of the chapters are personal accounts of the development of respiratory physiology as observed by the author. It is hoped that what is lost in objectivity by this approach is more than made up by the captivating insights provided by the author into the process of scientific research and discovery.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Humans - Physiology - Respiratory

Related subjects » Human Physiology

Table of contents 

1. The Structural Basis of Lung Function.- 2. Transfer of Gas by Diffusion and Chemical Reaction in Pulmonary Capillaries.- 3. Blood Gas Transport and Analysis.- 4. Lung Liquid and Solute Exchange.- 5. Pulmonary Blood Flow and Gas Exchange.- 6. Mechanics of Lung and Chest Wall.- 7. Lung Surface Tension and Surfactant: The Early Years.- 8. Modern History of Respiratory Muscle Physiology.- 9. Rhythm Generation.- 10. The History of Chemoreception.- 11. Airway and Pulmonary Afferents and Reflexes: A Historical Survey.- 12. A Brief History of Comparative Respiratory Physiology: Some Ideas and Their Proponents.

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