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Here's the definitive text on the principles and applications of respiratory physiology-back in a fully revised and updated New Edition! Readers will find crucial management guidance on all the conditions they see in practice with its comprehensive, clinically oriented descriptions of lung function in health, disease, and altered conditions and environments. Anesthesia and Analgesia called the previous edition "an easily digestible compendium of basic physiological principles" and a "'born again' classic."

• Describes respiration in health and disease and in normal and abnormal situations, to help readers manage all conditions they see in their practices.

• Examines the respiratory effects of exercise, sleep, smoking, anaesthesia, drowning, anaemia, pregnancy, and other events as well as environmental factors such as altitude, flying, high pressure, closed environments, and air pollution on respiration.

• Maintains the clarity of style and single-author approach of previous editions through the close collaboration of Andrew Lumb and John Nunn.

• Makes difficult concepts easy to understand and apply with nearly 300 illustrations.

• A new chapter on the History of Respiratory Physiology.

• More coverage of pathophysiology and even more applications of respiratory physiology to clinical practice.

• A more consistent organization, a revised page design that aids readability, and an art program featuring new and newly redrawn illustrations.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

A classic text on respiratory physiology, for anesthetists, physiologists, and all those seeking information on basic principles and applications of lung function. Describes respiratory physiology in health, disease, and altered conditions and environments, with sections on basic principles, applied physiology, and physiology of pulmonary disease. For this edition, Lumb has worked closely with founding author John Nunn to completely revise the text. A significant change is inclusion of substantially more clinical topics, providing greater insight into the applications of respiratory physiology. Lumb is a consultant anesthetist at St. James Hospital, UK. Nunn is emeritus consultant anesthetist at Northwick Park Hospital, UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher
....this text remains the primary source of reference information for any health care practitioner involved in the management of patients' respiration. The essentials of respiratory physiology such as compliance, resistance, gas exchange, etc. are not covered in adequate depth in the standard texts of medicine or anesthesia, and any resident in these fields should have access to this text. It is also an unparalleled source of information for any physician teaching in these areas.

Peter D. Slinger, MD
Professor of Anaesthesia
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Anesthesia and Analgesia Vol. 104, No. 5, May 2007

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702029967
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 8/26/2010
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 1,296,391
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Consultant Anaesthetist, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Anaesthesia, St James's Hospital, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Basic principles

1. The atmosphere

2. Functional anatomy of the respiratory tract

3. Elastic forces and lung volumes

4. Respiratory system resistance

5. Control of breathing

6. Pulmonary ventilation

7. The pulmonary circulation

8. Distribution of pulmonary ventilation and perfusion

9. Diffusion of respiratory gases

10. Carbon dioxide

11. Oxygen

12. Non-respiratory functions of the lung

13. The history of respiratory physiology

Part 2: Applied physiology

14. Pregnancy, neonates and children

15. Exercise

16. Sleep

17. High altitude and flying

18. High pressure and diving

19. Respiration in closed environments and space

20. Drowning

21. Smoking and air pollution

22. Anaesthesia

23. Changes in the carbon dioxide tension

24. Hypoxia

25. Anaemia

26. Hyperoxia and oxygen toxicity

Part 3: Physiology of pulmonary disease

27. Ventilatory failure

28. Airways disease

29. Pulmonary vascular disease

30. Parenchymal lung disease

31. Acute lung injury

32. Respiratory support and artificial ventilation

33. Lung transplantation


A. Physical quantities and units of measurement

B. The gas laws

C. Conversion factors for gas volumes

D. Symbols and abbreviations

E. Nomograms and correction charts

F. Mathematical functions relevant to respiratory physiology

• The linear function
• The rectangular hyperbola or inverse function
• The parabola or squared function
• Exponential functions
• The tear-away exponential function
• The wash-out or die-away exponential function
• The wash-in exponential function

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