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 acid/base balance. Chemical control of breathing. Nervous control of breathing. Lung function tests.
By Andrew Davies, PhD DSc, Sometime Senior Lecturer of Physiology, University of Edinburgh, UK and Formerly Professor of Physiology, University of Glamorgan, UK and Carl Moores, BA BSc MBChB FRCA, Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK