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The Respiratory System at a Glance, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-9919-3
128 pages
September 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Following the familiar, easy to use at a Glance format, and now in full-colour, The Respiratory System at a Glance is an accessible introduction and revision text for medical students. Reflecting changes to the content and assessment methods used in medical education and published clinical recommendations, this at a Glance provides a user-friendly overview of the respiratory system to encapsulate all that the student needs to know.

This new edition of The Respiratory System at a Glance:

  • Integrates both basic and clinical science - ideal for systems-based courses
  • Includes both the pathophysiology and clinical aspects of the respiratory system
  • Features more case studies, updated and colour figures, and new chapters on the epidemiology of respiratory disease, public health issues, and Sarcoidosis
  • Includes self-assessment questions and answers and an appendix of tables of standard values
  • Provides a simple 'one-stop' easy to use course and revision text
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Preface to third edition 6

Units and symbols 7

List of abbreviations 8

Structure and function

1 Structure of the respiratory system: lungs, airways and dead

space 10

2 The thoracic cage and respiratory muscles 12

3 Pressures and volumes during normal breathing 14

4 Gas laws 16

5 Diffusion 18

6 Lung mechanics: elastic forces 20

7 Lung mechanics: airway resistance 22

8 Carriage of oxygen 24

9 Carriage of carbon dioxide 26

10 Control of acid–base balance 28

11 Control of breathing I: chemical mechanisms 30

12 Control of breathing II: neural mechanisms 32

13 Pulmonary circulation and anatomical right-to-left shunts 34

14 Ventilation–perfusion mismatching 36

15 Exercise, altitude and diving 38

16 Development of the respiratory system and birth 40

17 Complications of development and congenital disease 42

18 Lung defence mechanisms and immunology 44

History, examination and investigation

19 History and examination 46

20 Pulmonary function tests 48

21 Chest imaging and bronchoscopy 50

Diseases and treatment

22 Public health and smoking 52

23 Respiratory failure 54

24 Asthma: pathophysiology 56

25 Asthma: treatment 58

26 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 60

27 Pulmonary hypertension 62

28 Venous thromboembolism and pulmonary embolism 64

29 Pulmonary vasculitis 66

30 Diffuse parenchymal (interstitial) lung diseases 68

31 Sarcoidosis 70

32 Pleural diseases 72

33 Occupational and environmental-related lung disease 74

34 Cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis 76

35 Pneumothorax 78

36 Community-acquired pneumonia 80

37 Hospital-acquired (nosocomial) pneumonia 82

38 Pulmonary tuberculosis 84

39 The immunocompromised host 86

40 Lung cancer 88

41 Acute respiratory distress syndrome 90

42 Mechanical ventilation 92

43 Oxygenation and oxygen therapy 94

44 Sleep apnoea 96

Cases and self assessment

Case studies: questions 98

Case studies: answers 101

Self-assessment questions 107

Self-assessment answers 118

Index 119

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Jeremy P.T. Ward: King's College London
Jane Ward: King's College London
Richard M. Leach: St Thomas' Hospital, London
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“Reflecting changes to the content and assessment methods used in medical education and published clinical recommendations, this at a Glance provides a user-friendly overview of the respiratory system to encapsulate all that the student needs to know.”  (Kingbook73's Medical Ebook and Video Collection, 4 September 2014)

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