Table of Contents

Spirometry: dynamic lung volumes.
Static (absolute) lung volumes.
Diffusing capacity of the lungs.
Bronchodilators and bronchial challenge testing.
Arterial blood gases.
Other tests of lung mechanics: resistance and compliance.
Distribution of ventilation.
Maximal respiratory pressures.
Preoperative pulmonary function testing.
Simple tests of exercise capacity.
Patterns in various diseases.
When to test and what to order.
Approaches to interpreting pulmonary function tests.
Illustrative cases.