Essays on the History of Respiratory Physiology

  • John B. West

Part of the Perspectives in Physiology book series (PHYSIOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv

About this book


This book consists of 23 essays about prominent people and events in the history of respiratory physiology. It provides a first-hand chronicle of the advancements made in respiratory physiology starting with Galen and the beginnings of Western physiology. The volume covers many aspects of the evolution of this important area of knowledge: pulmonary circulation, Boyle’s Law, pulmonary capillaries and alveoli, morphology, gas exchange and blood flow, mechanics, control of ventilation, and comparative physiology. The book emphasizes societal and philosophical aspects of the history of science. Although it concentrates on physiology, it also describes how cultural movements, such as The Enlightenment, shaped the researchers discussed.


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Authors and affiliations

  • John B. West
    • 1
  1. 1.Professor of Medicine and PhysiologySchool of Medicine, University of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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