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Respiratory Physiology: An Analytical Approach

      This text is volume 40 in the series “Lung Biology in Health and Disease” (Dr. Claude Lenfant, executive editor). As stated in the preface by the editors of this volume, Drs. Chang and Paiva, the book is devoted to the analytic aspects of respiratory physiology. Engineers, physicists, and mathematicians have contributed substantially to the modern understanding of respiratory physiology, and this text is devoted, in large part, to their contributions. The authors of the 18 chapters that constitute the volume are world-renowned authorities in their fields. Mathematical models are used liberally, and more than a passing understanding of mathematics is necessary for the reader to comprehend the text fully. Most facets of respiratory physiology are covered, including morphometry of the lung, fluid mechanics of gas flow, transport, mixing, and diffusion of gases, alveolar ventilation and pulmonary perfusion, fluid balance, and control of breathing.
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