Protective Mechanisms of the Respiratory Tract

  • P. S. Richardson
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 6)


To say that the respiratory tract has protective mechanisms implies that there are hazards against which it needs protection. This paper will start by outlining the principal threats to the lung from the environment and go on to describe the mechanisms for the defence of the airways.


Alveolar Macrophage Ciliated Cell Mucus Secretion Airway Wall Clara Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. S. Richardson
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  1. 1.Department of PhysiologySt. George’s Hospital Medical SchoolCranmer Terrace, LondonUK

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