Respiratory System and Artificial Ventilation

Book Cover: Respiratory System and Artificial Ventilation
Editions:PDF - Third Edition
ISBN: 978-88-470-0765-9
Pages: 314

The physiological control of the respiratory system is unique among organ systems.
Breathing is essential to life and must occur 24 h a day, 365 days a year,
in the conscious or unconscious state, awake or asleep. At the same time,
humans and other mammals need to be able to temporarily interrupt the normal
pattern of breathing to perform other functions, such as eating and vocalising
[1]. The voluntary and involuntary control of the respiratory system is
unequalled and a very complex process. This chapter will appraise some relevant
issues to improve clinicians’ understanding of the normal mechanism of breathing
and its possible disorders in disease.

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