A Tribute to John Burden West
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John West is well known to the “Hypoxia” community for his many contributions to the physiology and Pathophysiology of high altitude and for his leadership of the 1981 American Medical Research Expedition to Everest. He is known to the wider medical world for his researches into respiratory physiology especially gas exchange in the lung and perhaps even more for his numerous books on these topics. His publication list numbers over 400 original papers. His research career started in the UK but since 1969 he has been Professor of Medicine at UCSD, leading a very productive team at La Jolla. He has been honoured by numerous prizes and named lectureships, the latest honour being to be elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academies (USA).
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Selected References of John B. West
- 1.West, J.B. Respiratory Physiology-The Essentials. 7th edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005.Google Scholar
- 2.West, J.B. Everest-The Testing Place. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1985.Google Scholar
- 3.West, J.B. High Life: A History of High-Altitude Physiology and Medicine. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.Google Scholar
- 9.West, J.B., S.J. Boyer, D.J. Graber, P.H. Hackett, K.H. Maret, J.S. Milledge, R.M. Peters, Jr., C.J. Pizzo, M. Samaja, F.H. Sarnquist, R.B. Schoene and R.M. Winslow. Maximal exercise at extreme altitudes on Mount Everest. J. Appl. Physiol.: Resp. Environ. Exercise Physiol. 55: 688–698, 1983.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- 18.West, J.B. Thoughts on the pulmonary blood-gas barrier. Am. J. Physiol.: Lung Cell. Mol. Physiol. 285: L501–L513, 2003.Google Scholar