Part of the Systems of the Body Series, this concise text offers coverage of the core knowledge required on the respiratory system. An ideal text for system-based, integrated courses, it stresses the relevance of basic science to clinical medicine — a clinical case is used to derive the learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter. It also prepares the student for early patient contact with a final section covering the major diseases of the system and their diagnosis and treatment.
Integrated coverage of the structure, function, and major diseases of the respiratory system — highly suitable for systems courses
Coverage of the basic science that is clinically driven — a common clinical presentation introduces each major topic
Clinical cases that are used and explained in the chapter
Coverage of major diseases of the respiratory system that equips students for early contact with patients
A structure that encourages learning — objectives are defined at the beginning of the chapter, and self-assessment questions are provided at the end
"...this book is a comprehensive breakdown of the respiratory system...As it states, medical education has changed to a systems-based approach, which this book is nicely designed for." 4th Year Medical Student, Rectum - Leeds University Student Medical Magazine, March 2004
Introduction. Structure of the respiratory system. Elastic properties of the respiratory system. Airflow in the respiratory system. Ventilation in the respiratory system. Gas exchange between air and blood - diffusion. The pulmonary circulation - bringing blood and gas together. Carriage of gases by blood and blood ph. Chemical control of breathing. Nervous control of breathing. Lung function tests.