Lung, respiratory mechanics, artificial ventilation

  • A. Koutsoukou
  • J. Milic-Emili


The lung’s primary functions are to supply the blood with an adequate amount of oxygen and to remove carbon dioxide. These are achieved by the unique design of the lung, which ensures that air and blood are kept in intimate contact—though separate—to allow gas exchange, while maintaining its integrity in the face of the magnitude of insults that inevitably accompany a lifetime of exposure to ambient air and mechanical stress during cyclic breathing.


Respir Crit Functional Residual Capacity Respiratory Mechanic Artificial Ventilation Peripheral Airway 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Koutsoukou
    • 1
  • J. Milic-Emili
    • 2
  1. 1.Critical Care Department, General Evangelismos Hospital, Medical SchoolUniversity of AthensGreece
  2. 2.Meakins-Christie LaboratoriesMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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