This book is primarily written as a core course for medical students and is based on lectures given in the School of Medicine of the University of California San Diego. A modern understanding of how the lung works is becoming increasingly important in the management of patients with pulmonary disease so it is hoped that this succinct account will also be useful to internists, anesthesiologists and paramedical personnel such as inhalation therapists.
If there is any bias in this book it is that the chief business of the lung is gas exchange. This shows in the first chapter and the arrangement of the succeeding ones. No apology is made for this emphasis; indeed it is astonishing how little attention is given to gas exchange in some traditional accounts of pulmonary function. On the other hand, other aspects such as the control of ventilation are sometimes given an undue amount of space and I have tried to achieve abetter balance here. A final chapter has been added on the application of pulmonary physiology to the testing of lung function though this need not be regarded as part of a core course.
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