Understanding Respiratory Physiology

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Why does air move in and out of the lungs with every breath?

This is a question frequently asked by non-physiologists or researchers new to the field of respiratory research. Understanding the basic aspects of respiratory physiology and lung function measurements are of prime importance to best appreciate the potential of these outcomes and interpret experimental results.

This guide covers: 

  • The breathing process
  • Lung volumes and capacities
  • Respiratory anatomy
  • The respiratory cycle
  • Compliance and elastance 
  • Physiological and pathophysiological conditions 
  • Animal Models

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