Bioengineering Aspects in the Design of Gas Exchangers - Comparative Evolutionary, Morphological, Functional, and Molecular Perspectives (eBook)
This book encapsulates over three decades of the author's work
on comparative functional respiratory morphology. It provides
insights into the mechanism(s) by which respiratory means and
processes originated and advanced to their modern states. Pertinent
cross-disciplinary details and facts have been integrated and
reexamined in order to arrive at more robust answers to questions
regarding the basis of the functional designs of gas exchangers.
The utilization of oxygen for energy production is an ancient
process, the development and progression of which were underpinned
by dynamic events in the biological, physical, and chemical worlds.
Many books that have broached the subject of comparative functional
respiratory biology have only described the form and function of
the 'end-product,' the gas exchanger, they have scarcely
delved into the factors and the conditions that motivated and
steered the development from primeval to modern respiratory means
and processes. This book addresses and answers broad questions
concerning the critical synthesis of multidisciplinary data, and
clarifies previously cryptic aspects of comparative respiratory
Accretion and Shifts of the Levels of O2 and CO2 in the Biosphere. Fundamental Principles of Gas Exchangers. Physicochemical Properties of Respiratory Fluid Media and Gases. Some Molecular Aspects in the Biology of Respiration. Functional Designs of the Gas Exchangers.