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Respiratory Physiology: A Clinical Approach (Integrated Physiology) [Paperback]

Richard M. Schwartzstein MD , Michael J. Parker MD
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August 12, 2005 0781757487 978-0781757485

Respiratory Physiology: A Clinical Approach offers a fresh new take on learning physiology in a systems-based curriculum. This book won the 2006 Dr. Frank H. Netter Award for Special Contributions to Medical Education, and Dr. Schwartzstein is a 2007 recipient of the Alpha Omega Alpha Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Written by renowned and dynamic educators and featuring interactive animations, the book integrates functional anatomy, physiology, and pathology to build a conceptual understanding of respiratory system function. Emphasis is on elements of respiratory physiology that are crucial to understanding and managing clinical problems. A suite of 39 interactive animations accompanies the book. Sample animations can be viewed online: click here.

Respiratory Physiology: A Clinical Approach offers the following features:

  • Writing style is clear, concise, reader-friendly, and conversational.
  • A unique approach shows students how material fits together in the context of the respiratory system.
  • Clinical correlations are integrated throughout the book to emphasize the application of knowledge to medical practice.
  • Interactive animations are provided via accompanying CD and free student access on the Web. The animations illustrate clinical concepts described in the book, so students can actually see the effects of physiologic changes.
  • Thought Questions are placed throughout each chapter to make learning more interactive, requiring students to test their ability to integrate the information presented.
  • "Putting It Together" sections use clinical scenarios to highlight key concepts covered in the chapter. These sections appear at the end of each chapter.
  • Special chapters unique to this type of monograph are featured, such as "Form and Function," "Respiratory Sensations," and "Exercise Physiology: A Tale of Two Pumps."

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Respiratory Care, 01-OCT-06, Volume 51, Issue 10, Marcy F. Petrini, PhD -- "The emphasis is on what the clinical student needs to know (or review) to deal with a patient's problem on hand. The authors have succeeded admirably in their goals. Four sections complete each chapter: the "Putting It Together" sections give clinical vignettes, followed by physiologic explanations. The "Summary Points" are bulleted lists of the major concepts covered in the section. Then a section provides the answers to the "Thought Questions." Concluding each chapter is a section of review questions, the answers to which are at the end of the book. Short of being in a classroom with the authors, this approach is the best and longest-lasting. The accompanying CD-ROM very cleverly displays the most important principles."-Respiratory Care Doody's Book Review Service, 24-JUN-08, Steven J. Hamick, BIS, RRT, AE-C, William Beaumont Hospitals -- "Description: This clinically oriented book covering the essentials of respiratory physiology is the first in a series on physiology. "Purpose: The authors use a systems-based approach to present physiology. An emphasis on the functions associated with breathing rather than just the lungs themselves is apparent. It is written in an interactive style that both engages and challenges readers. The authors have exceeded their objectives. "Audience: The book is written primarily for medical, nursing, and allied health students with little exposure to respiratory physiology, but residents will also find this a valuable resource in clinical practice. The authors are experts in their respective fields. "Features: The book covers a plethora of information from components of the respiratory system, the ventilatory pump, the physics of flow, volume, and pressure with all their formulas, gas exchange, ventilation and perfusion, ventilatory control, acid/base physiology, respiratory sensations and exercise physiology. Each chapter begins with an outline followed by learning objectives. The text is brilliantly written in conversational style to hold the attention of the reader. Clinically based "Thought Questions" are sprinkled throughout for the reader to reflect on previously read material. Key terms are boldfaced upon their first appearance in a chapter and are found in the glossary. Illustrations and figures illustrate key concepts while tables and "Quick Checks" provide summaries of information outlined in the book. At the end of each chapter is a section called "Putting It Together," which is a clinical case presentation designed to challenge the reader to apply newly learned material in a clinical situation. Each chapter ends with "Summary Points" and USMLE style review questions that test the reader's mastery of the material. "Assessment: This is an outstanding book. It is so well written and the layout is so well done that it takes difficult to understand concepts and breaks them down into easy to understand language for the reader. This is a must-have book for health professionals and should be a required text in all respiratory therapy programs."-Doody's Book Review Service (Rating: 5 Stars) Dartmouth Medical School , Second year medical student -- "I did find the textbook by Schwartzstein to be very good review of 1st year respiratory physiology (why that is not the recommended text is beyond me - as it is much better than the one we were told to buy last year).

Product Details

  • Series: Integrated Physiology
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: LWW (August 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781757487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781757485
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to understand the lungs February 5, 2006
This book is phenominal! It is a concise, clear and interesting introduction (and beyond) to pulmonary physiology. Each chapter includes clinical vignettes, indicating the relevance of the topics and thought questions as well as review questions test your understanding of the concepts (well written, detailed answers are provided too! I hate texts that don't provide answers to the questions they pose).

These days it seems that all you need to do to publish a book is include a CD... and so lots of texts are now accompanied by useless CDs. But the CD included with this book is actually useful. The interactive figures that correspond to the concepts discussed in the book really bring to life what is being discussed (a good thing, because in general the lungs are moving as we breath).

I would highly recommend this book as the main go-to for lung physiology.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best way to learn pulmonary physiology March 10, 2006
This book does an amazing job of making pulmonary physiology comprehensible. Not only is the text extremely well-written, but the accompanying CD provides an innovative, interactive, and extremely effective way of conveying the inherently difficult concepts of pulmonary physiology. Kudos to Schwartzstein and Parker - this is a unique book that now sets the standard for how pulmonary physiology can and should be taught!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific resource February 3, 2006
This is a terrific book for both the novice (e.g. medical students) and the experienced physician or physiologist. It tackles complex issues in pulmonary physiology in a highly logical, readable, and coherent format, and also in a way that is consistently clinically relevant. In addition, the graphics, both static in the book and dynamic in the multimedia supplement, provide powerful tools for understanding and teaching key concepts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book February 6, 2006
This is truly a great textbook. I have been involved in the teaching of respiratory physiology and pathophysiology for years, and this book fills a longstanding need -- a concise, clearly written book that illustrates the application of physiology to the understanding of clinical medicine. A series of "thought questions" engage the reader and encourage one to THINK about the material. The text comes with a CD that has beautiful animated and interactive figures that help illustrate essential concepts in a way that usual textbook figures cannot. I highly recommend this book to medical students, residents, fellows, and anyone else who wants to improve their understanding of how the respiratory system works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book October 25, 2006
I am a pulmonary fellow who needed some review on respiratory physiology. i read the book cover to cover and found it an excellent resource to understand and correct my previous misunderstandings. the illustration in the CD were great and i recommend it to all fellows.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books from med school! March 15, 2006
By Atom
This is one of the best physiology books I have used in my first year of medical school. I learn by reading so I tend to buy a lot of books, and this is one of the only ones that is clearly written enough that I am going to keep it to help me study for boards. The boards style review questions are great, and having the computer diagrams that go along with the book has been awesome - I haven't used any other book where I could actually play with the concepts interactively online. So helpful!
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