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Organs, Systems, and Surgery

Organs, Systems, and Surgery (First Edition)

William Fullick and James Fullick
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date: 12 July 2024

p. 754. A Breath of Fresh Airlocked

p. 754. A Breath of Fresh Airlocked

  • William Fullick
  •  and James Fullick


This chapter explores the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system. It examines the mechanics of ventilation while also elaborating on the division of the respiratory system into upper and lower respiratory tracts. Both the upper and lower respiratory tract are very vulnerable to smoking-related damage, as they directly receive inhaled smoke from cigarettes and other tobacco products. The chapter cites how cancers, the best-known and most feared diseases which affect the gas exchange system, can occur at any level of the respiratory tract. It then explains how surgery aims to improve quality of life through tonsillectomies or can be life-saving, when it comes to a lung transplant.

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