Table of Contents

Overview of the respiratory system: function and structure.
Mechanical properties of the lung and chest wall.
Dynamic lung mechanics.
Tests of lung function.
Alveolar ventilation.
The pulmonary circulation.
Ventilation (V̇), perfusion (Q̇) & their relationships.
Oxygen and carbon dioxide transport.
Pulmonary aspects of acid-base balance and arterial blood gas interpretation.
Control of respiration.
Non-respiratory functions of the lung.
The lung under special circumstances.
Appendices. Answers to self-study problems.
Multiple-choice examination. "Gain a foundational understanding of respiratory physiology and how the respiratory system functions in health and disease. Respiratory Physiology, a volume in the Mosby Physiology Series, explains the fundamentals of this complex subject in a clear and concise manner, while helping you bridge the gap between normal function and disease with pathophysiology content throughout the book"--Publisher's description.