Respiratory System

Overview

Each title in the series The Human Body: How it Works investigates a different system or process of the human body, from organ systems to cells. Written by experts in human anatomy and accompanied by full-color illustrations, photos, charts, and diagrams, each title thoroughly examines the role of each system as part of the complex machine that is the human body.

Breathing is essential to human survival-it gives us the oxygen we need to live. Yet, the act of respiration is an ...

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Overview

Each title in the series The Human Body: How it Works investigates a different system or process of the human body, from organ systems to cells. Written by experts in human anatomy and accompanied by full-color illustrations, photos, charts, and diagrams, each title thoroughly examines the role of each system as part of the complex machine that is the human body.

Breathing is essential to human survival-it gives us the oxygen we need to live. Yet, the act of respiration is an involuntary process, something many people don't think about on a day-to-day basis. The Respiratory System explains how we get air into our lungs and how our bodies use that air, as well as the fundamental physical and biological principles underlying respiratory function. In addition, this essential title examines several respiratory diseases and how they affect the body.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604133752
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Human Body: How It Works Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Cooley, Denton A. 6

1 Breathing Thin Air 10

2 The Air We Breathe 14

3 Why Do We Breathe? 23

4 Anatomy of the Respiratory System 31

5 The Diffusion of Gas Molecules 45

6 How Do We Breathe? 52

7 Preventing Collapse of the Lungs 66

8 Adjusting to Changing Oxygen Demands 71

9 Diseases of the Respiratory System 83

Appendix: Conversion Chart 93

Glossary 94

Bibliography 100

Further Resources 102

Picture Credits 104

Index 105

About the Author 109

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