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Two New Open Textbooks for Medical School: Pulmonary Physiology for Pre-Clinical Students and Pulmonary Pathophysiology for Pre-Clinical Students by Andrew Binks

by Anita Walz, posted on July 27, 2022

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Virginia Tech Publishing are pleased to announce publication of two new open textbooks by Andrew Binks, titled Pulmonary Physiology for Pre-Clinical Students and Pulmonary Pathophysiology for Pre-Clinical Students. These works are the fourth and fifth in a five-volume series of open textbooks for pre-clinical medical education by Renee LeClair and Andrew Binks.

Instructors reviewing or adopting texts are requested to register their interest at: https://bit.ly/interest-preclinical.

Pulmonary Physiology for Pre-Clinical Students (101 pages) is an undergraduate medical-level resource for foundational knowledge of pulmonary physiology. 

Pulmonary Pathophysiology for Pre-Clinical Students (82 pages) is an undergraduate medical-level resource for foundational knowledge of pulmonary pathophysiology. The text assumes that the students will have an understanding of basic pulmonary physiology that will be helpful to understand the content presented here. 

Other titles in this series include: 

Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical Students (265 pages) by LeClair

Neuroscience for Pre-Clinical Students (39 pages) by LeClair

Cardiovascular Pathophysiology for Pre-Clinical Students (69 pages) by Binks

Each of the texts in this series are designed for a pre-clinical medical curriculum and are aligned to USMLE(r) (United States Medical Licensing Examination) content guidelines and meant to provide the essential information in a concise format that would allow learner preparation to engage in an active classroom. Clinical correlates and additional application of content is intended to be provided in the classroom experience. These resources should be assistive to the learner later in medical school and for exam preparation given the material is presented in a succinct manner, with a focus on high-yield concepts. Texts were created specifically for use by pre-clinical students at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and were based on faculty experience and peer review to guide development and hone important topics.

The series is supported in part by funding and/or in-kind contributions from VIVA’s Open Course Grants, Virginia Tech’s Open Education Initiative, Virginia Tech Publishing, and LibreTexts. Read more about this series in the March 4th, 2022 VT news story by Ann Brown “Open medical textbook series offers curriculum flexibility for faculty and cost savings for students.” The books are listed in the Open Textbook Library, OER Commons, VIVA Open, and Merlot.   

Unless otherwise noted, these works are released under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY NC SA) 4.0 license which allows adaptation and redistribution with attribution for uses which are not primarily commercial. See the license terms and best practices for attribution for additional information.

Please register your interest or use of books in this series at https://bit.ly/interest-preclinical

Table of Contents

Pulmonary Physiology for Pre-Clinical Students

1: Fundamentals

2: Mechanics of the Lungs

3: Lung Volumes and Compliance

4: Distribution of Ventilation

5: Airflow and Airway Resistance

6: Dynamic Airway Compression

7: Fundamentals of Gas Exchange

8: Perfusion and Diffusion Limitations in Gas Exchange

9: Pulmonary Blood Flow

10: Pulmonary Capillaries and Non-Ventilatory Function

11: Arterial CO₂ and Ph

12: Alkalosis and Acidosis

13: Ventilation and Perfusion

14: The Alveolar Gas Equation and Alveolar-Arterial PO₂ Difference

15: Pulmonary Shunts

16: Gas Transport

17: Control of Breathing

18: Dyspnea

Pulmonary Pathophysiology for Pre-Clinical Students

1: The Obstructive Lung Diseases

2: Upper Airway Infections

3: Lower Airway Infections

4: The Restrictive Lung Diseases

5: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

6: Lung Cancer

7: Pulmonary Embolism

8: Immunological Diseases of the Lung

9: Pleural Disease  

 

Free Access 

Pulmonary Physiology for Pre-Clinical Students

Pulmonary Pathophysiology for Pre-Clinical Students

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Acknowledgments

The peer-reviewed work is made possible in part by financial and in-kind contributions from the Open Education Initiative at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech Publishing, VIVA – the Virtual Library of Virginia, and LibreTexts. Virginia Tech open textbook titles are hosted in VTechWorks and listed as Virginia Tech Open Education Initiative projects

Suggested citations

Binks, Andrew., (2022). Pulmonary Physiology for Pre-Clinical Students, Roanoke: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. https://doi.org/10.21061/pulmonaryphysiology. Licensed with CC BY NC-SA 4.0.

Binks, Andrew., (2022). Pulmonary Pathophysiology for Pre-Clinical Students, Roanoke: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. https://doi.org/10.21061/pulmonarypathophysiology. Licensed with CC BY NC-SA 4.0.

About the Author

Dr. Andrew Binks is a cardiopulmonary physiologist who gained his BSc (Hons) in Physiological Sciences at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, then a MSc in Human and Applied Physiology from King’s College, London. He returned to Newcastle to do his PhD and study the underlying physiological mechanisms of dyspnea, the cardinal symptom of cardiopulmonary disease. He continued investigating dyspnea at Harvard School of Public Health as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a research scientist. After seven years at Harvard, Andrew took his first faculty position at the University of New England where he taught cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology to health profession and medical students. He continued to teach medical students their heart and lung physiology after moving to the University of South Carolina’s Medical School in Greenville where he also directed the school’s heart and lung pathophysiology courses. Andrew currently teaches heart and lung physiology and pathophysiology at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, directs the heart and lung pathophysiology course and has also served as the departmental director of faculty development.

In his two decades of teaching medical physiology, Andrew has regularly drawn upon his dyspnea research experience to generate an active, clinically focused approach to medical education. This book is part of that approach and supports students preparing for class with the basic information with the intention to apply and contextualize that information in a guided case-based classroom experience.

Andrew has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters about dyspnea and about contemporary medical education. He has also given keynote presentations, faculty workshops and international webinars to promote effective medical education for the modern adult learner.