Pulmonary Diseases

  • James F. Morris


The bronchopulmonary system is subject to environmental ravages. Every few seconds, the ambient air and all it contains is inhaled and comes in contact with a surface area equivalent in the adult to the size of a tennis court. Perhaps, we are endowed with one extra lung in anticipation of environmental slings and arrows, natural in earlier days and manmade today. With a normal aging process, the bronchopulmonary system should be adequate for about 90 years of continuous functioning. The lungs initially were thought to be designed only for acting as a fluctuating bellows, which results in the transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Additional pulmonary biochemical and immunologic roles have been discovered, revealing a more active metabolic status.


Interstitial Lung Disease Chronic Bronchitis Small Cell Carcinoma Bacterial Pneumonia Ipratropium Bromide 
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