Gasping for Air

Gasping for Air

How Breathing Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It

Book - 2017
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Publisher: Lanham :, Rowman & Littlefield,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781442246232
Characteristics: xviii, 270 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Worldwide plagues
The disease medicine never cured (tuberculosis)
Captains of the men of death (bacterial pneumonia)
They stacked caskets in the halls (influenza)
The man in the iron lung (polio)
Products of parasitic beings (fungalinfections)
Some like it hot (legionnaires' disease)
The virus with no name (SARS, MERS)
Part II. Killer air
Suffocating work (occupational diseases)
Code red (fires and disasters)
Cleopatra reincarnate (overdoses and toxins)
Smokingbeagles (tobacco smoking)
Dad, and the werewolf (lung cancer)
The lethal brown cloud (atmospheric pollution)
Part III. Vulnerable breathing
Panting for air (asthma)
Lungs that do not collapse (COPD)
The great masquerader (pulmonary blood clots)
Cells like elongated crescents (genetic breathing disorders)
The pump and the bellows (the heart and the lungs)
To die to sleep (sleep disordered breathing)
The first breaths (newborn respiratory distress)
Part IV. Breathing defends
Around the world on oxygen (respiratory care)
Thank you for my life (ventilators)
Part V. Breathing adapts
I wouldn't want that for myself (ethical dilemmas)
A science of uncertainty (closing).


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