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Clinical Tests of Respiratory Function 3rd Edition
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Already established as a 'classic' in the field, Clinical Tests of Respiratory Function presents an authoritative yet accessible account of this complex area, fusing the basic principles of respiratory physiology with applications in clinical practice across a wide range of disorders.


This third edition has been extensively revised to reflect advances in our understanding of respiratory function at rest, on exercise and during sleep, together with technological developments related to investigation and treatment. Now subdivided into four practical sections, users can easily pick their desired topic, from the commonly used tests and their underlying physiological mechanisms to abnormalities of function in both respiratory and non-respiratory diseases. The book concludes with a helpful section on test interpretation, new to this edition.

This eagerly awaited revision will quickly find a place on the bookshelves of all practitioners - clinicians and laboratory investigators - who have an interest in respiratory function. 

From the reviews of the second edition:

'skillfull achieves lucid descriptions of complex physiological concepts ..... a classsic within the pulmonary literature, providing a concise yet complete account of pulmonary physiology from a clinical perspective' British Journal of Hospital Medicine

'very useful...the book is authoritative, comprehensive, extensively referenced and - for a book on this topic - easy to read and understand' Thorax


Part A The tests and their physiological basis
      1 Respiratory mechanics
      2 Pulmonary gas exchange
      3 Carbon monoxide diffusing capacity (transfer factor)
      4 Arterial blood gases and acid\ndash;base balance
      5 Tests of ventilatory control
      6 Respiratory measurements during sleep
      7 Exercise tests
      8 Normal variation
Part B Function in respiratory disease
      9 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and obliterative bronchiolitis
      10 Bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis
      11 Asthma
      12 Central airway obstruction and bronchial carcinoma
      13 Respiratory infections and acute respiratory distress syndrome
      14 Diffuse parenchymal lung disease
      15 Pulmonary vascular disease
      16 Diseases of the pleura and chest wall
      17 Function of the transplanted lung
      18 Sleep apnoea syndromes
Part C Respiratory function in systemic diseases
      19 Cardiac disease
      20 Neuromuscular disease
      21 Blood disorders
      22 Renal diseases
      23 Hepatic and bowel disease
      24 Metabolic and endocrine disorders
      25 Rheumatic and connective tissue disorders
      26 Psychogenic dyspnoea
Part D Interpretation
      27 Interpretation of respiratory function tests


ISBN-13: 9781444109634
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (CRC Press)
Publication date: November, 2008
Pages: 432



G.J Gibson, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Newcastle upon Tyne; and Consultant Respiratory Physician, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK