Respiratory Physiology

People and Ideas

  • John B. West

Part of the People and Ideas book series (PEOPL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Morphology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ewald R. Weibel
      Pages 3-46
  3. Gas Exchange and Blood Flow

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Poul Astrup, John W. Severinghaus
      Pages 75-107
    3. Norman C. Staub Sr.
      Pages 108-139
    4. John B. West
      Pages 140-169
  4. Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Jere Mead
      Pages 173-207
    3. Peter T. Macklem
      Pages 230-248
  5. Control of Ventilation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Curt von Euler
      Pages 251-288
    3. Robert S. Fitzgerald, Sukhamay Lahiri
      Pages 289-318
    4. John Widdicombe, Giuseppe Sant’Ambrogio
      Pages 319-351
  6. Comparative Physiology

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 409-431

About this book


Present-day respiratory physiology stems largely from the explosion of ideas which took place during and after World War II. A number of the major players are still active, but the opportunity to prepare a personal history of this branch of medicine will soon be lost. In a sense then, this book offers an exceptional, even unique, opportunity. We are offered a first-hand chronicle of the advancements made in respiratory physiology in the course of this century by one of the principal figures in the field. The volume covers every aspect of the evolution of this important area of knowledge: morphology, gas exchange and blood flow, mechanics, control of ventillation, and comparative physiology. Some of the chapters are personal accounts of the development of respiratory physiology as observed by the author. It is hoped that what is lost in objectivity by this approach is more than made up by the captivating insights provided by the author into the process of scientific research and discovery.


Humans Respiratory blood development evolution gas exchange lung lung function mechanics medicine morphology muscle physiology research transport

Editors and affiliations

  • John B. West
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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