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Pulmonary Function Testing

Principles and Practice

  • David A. Kaminsky
  • Charles G. Irvin

Part of the Respiratory Medicine book series (RM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jeff Thiboutot, Bruce R. Thompson, Robert H. Brown
    Pages 1-13
  3. Tianshi David Wu, Meredith C. McCormack, Wayne Mitzner
    Pages 15-42
  4. Charles G. Irvin, Jack Wanger
    Pages 43-60
  5. Gregory King, Sylvia Verbanck
    Pages 61-76
  6. Brian L. Graham, Neil MacIntyre, Yuh Chin Huang
    Pages 77-101
  7. James A. Stockley, Brendan G. Cooper
    Pages 103-125
  8. David A. Kaminsky, Jason H. T. Bates
    Pages 127-150
  9. Jeremy Richards, Matthew J. Fogarty, Gary C. Sieck, Richard M. Schwartzstein
    Pages 151-170
  10. Teal S. Hallstrand, John D. Brannan, Krystelle Godbout, Louis-Philippe Boulet
    Pages 171-195
  11. Annemarie L. Lee, Theresa Harvey-Dunstan, Sally Singh, Anne E. Holland
    Pages 197-217
  12. J. Alberto Neder, Andrew R. Tomlinson, Tony G. Babb, Denis E. O’Donnell
    Pages 219-248
  13. Graham L. Hall, Daniel J. Weiner
    Pages 249-269
  14. Bruce H. Culver, Sanja Stanojevic
    Pages 271-289
  15. Susan Blonshine, Jeffrey Haynes, Katrina Hynes
    Pages 291-311
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 313-318

About this book


This book serves as a unique, comprehensive resource for physicians and scientists training in pulmonary medicine and learning about pulmonary function testing.  Pulmonary function testing and the physiological principles that underlie it are often poorly understood by medical students, residents, fellows and graduate students training in the medical sciences.  One reason is that students tend to get overwhelmed by the basic mathematical descriptions that explain the working of the respiratory system and the principles of pulmonary function testing.  Another reason is that too many approaches focus on the math without explaining the clinical relevance of these principles and the laboratory testing that enables us to measure the very lung function that these principles are describing.
This book answers that need by providing a series of chapters that guide the reader in a natural order of learning about the respiratory system.  In particular, after a general overview of the structure-function design of the lung and the history of pulmonary function testing, authors begin with the drive to breathe, and then follow the pathway of air as it is drawn into the lung, undergoes gas exchange, and is then exhaled back out again.  Each chapter focuses on the key principles and corresponding pulmonary function tests that explain each step in this pathway. Each chapter will be written by at least two experts, one with expertise in the underlying physiology, and the other with expertise in the clinical testing and application of pulmonary function testing in practice. Many figures and tables highlight key points, and multiple case studies in each section provide specific examples of the clinical application of each pulmonary function test.

This is an ideal guide to pulmonary function tests for practicing pulmonologists, residents, fellows, and medical students. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • David A. Kaminsky
    • 1
  • Charles G. Irvin
    • 2
  1. 1.University of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.University of VermontBurlingtonUSA

About the editors

David A. Kaminsky, MD is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Vermont. He is a prolific writer and speaker in pulmonary medicine and has won many teaching and mentorship awards over the course of his career.


Charles G. Irvin, PhD is a Professor of Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Vermont, as well as Director of the Vermont Lung Center. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals in pulmonology and has published extensively.


The editors, Drs. Kaminsky and Irvin, have a long track record of teaching pulmonary physiology and pulmonary function testing to medical students, residents, fellows and graduate students, with over 50 years of combined experience.  

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Book Subtitle Principles and Practice
  • Editors David A. Kaminsky
    Charles G. Irvin
  • Series Title Respiratory Medicine
  • Series Abbreviated Title Respiratory Medicine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-94158-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-06806-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-94159-2
  • Series ISSN 2197-7372
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-7380
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 318
  • Number of Illustrations 36 b/w illustrations, 56 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pneumology/Respiratory System
    Intensive / Critical Care Medicine
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