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From the PublisherThis book provides a review of the chemoreceptive cells associated with vertebrate respiration. … Most of the cells described in this volume detect respiratory gases and function to help regulate ventilation. Other roles include immune system activation, defense against bacteria, and environmental chemical detection. The majority of the book looks at the anatomy of respiratory-related structures: lungs (gills), carotid labyrinths (carotid body), and respiratory passages. … There are five sections organized by vertebrate class (fish, amphibians, reptiles/birds, and two for mammals). …This volume would be of special interest to researchers who are curious about the evolution of vertebrate respiratory control in general and the regulation of ventilation in nonmammalian vertebrates in particular.
—Wayne L. Silver, Wake Forest University, in The Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 85, Number 2