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The Respiratory System
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  • Authored by: Susan Whittemore; Introduction by Denton A. Cooley, M.D. Texas Heart Institute Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School
  • Also available in The Human Body: How It Works set, 11-Volumes
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9
  • ISBN-10: 1604133759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-375-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $37.50
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 09/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 612
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 112


Breathing is essential to human survival, as it gives us the necessary oxygen we need to live. Yet, the act of respiration is an involuntary process, something many people don't think about on a day-to-day basis. The Respiratory System explains how we get air into our lungs, how our bodies use that air, and the fundamental physical and biological principles underlying respiratory function. In addition, this essential title examines several respiratory diseases and how they affect the body as a whole.


Full-color photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. Glossary. References. Further reading. Web sites. Index.

About the Author(s)

Susan Whittemore is a professor of biology at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She received her master’s degree from Utah State University and her Ph.D. in physiology from Dartmouth Medical School, where she also completed a postdoctoral program in molecular endocrinology. Whittemore teaches a wide range of biology courses for nonmajors. She was a recent recipient of a National Science Foundation grant that provided instrumentation for her work in molecular physiology, and she was a contributing author of Biological Sciences, an introductory biology text.

Introduction by Denton A. Cooley, M.D., President and Surgeon-in-Chief of the Texas Heart Institute, Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas

Reviews and Awards

"...well-developed...clear and detailed...useful at the secondary level in health and anatomy classes and for research...Recommended."

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