Clinical Respiratory Physiology

Clinical Respiratory Physiology

1st Edition - January 1, 1975

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  • Author: Luke Harris
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483183404

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Clinical Respiratory Physiology covers the practical aspects and theoretical concepts of applied respiratory physiology. The book describes the methods of measuring ventilator capacity, lung volumes, ventilation, diffusion, cardiac output, and ventilation-perfusion rates. The text also tackles methods of measuring airway resistance and blood gases. Compliance and work of breathing, acid-base regulation, and tests of cardiorespiratory function during exercise are also looked into. Junior doctors working in respiratory units, technicians in respiratory laboratories, general physicians, and senior medical students will find the book useful.

Table of Contents

  • Symbols and Abbreviations

    Chapter 1 Ventilatory Capacity (Timed Spirometry)

    Chapter 2 Lung Volumes

    Helium Dilution

    Nitrogen Washout


    Chapter 3 Ventilation

    Minute Volumes

    Dead Space

    Alveolar Ventilation

    Chapter 4 Oxygen Consumption and Carbon Dioxide Output

    Chapter 5 Diffusion

    Steady State

    Single Breath and Rebreathing

    Chapter 6 Cardiac Output (Pulmonary Blood Flow)

    Direct and Indirect Fick


    Dye Dilution

    Chapter 7 Ventilation-Perfusion Ratios

    Radioactive Xenon


    Alveolar-Arterial Gradients

    Chapter 8 Compliance and work of breathing

    Pressure-Volume Curves

    Chapter 9 Airway Resistance

    Pressure-Flow Curves



    Specific Conductance

    Chapter 10 Blood Gases

    Arterial and Venous Pressures and Content for O2 and CO2

    Chapter 11 Acid-Base Regulation

    Respiratory and Metabolic Acidaemia and Alkalaemia

    Mixed Disturbances

    Chapter 12 Exercise Studies

    Appendix 1 Patterns of Disturbed Function

    Appendix 2 Temperature and Pressure Corrections



Product details

  • No. of pages: 78
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1975
  • Published: January 1, 1975
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483183404

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