Comparative Physiology of Oxygen Transfer in Lungs

  • Frank L. Powell
  • Steven C. Hempleman
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 227)


There is a strong tradition of comparative physiology in the field of respiration. Over the years, physiologists have been fascinated by the differences in respiratory organs which evolved for the common problem of oxygen transfer. This led to a rich experimental literature about possible advantages that one type of structure may have over another, but it also led to many speculations.


Diffusion Limitation Oxygen Transfer Comparative Physiology Mammalian Lung Partial Pressure Difference 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank L. Powell
    • 1
  • Steven C. Hempleman
    • 1
  1. 1.M-023A, Department of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego La JollaUSA

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