Respiratory Physiology
Respiratory Physiology

Respiratory Physiology

by Thad Wilson, PhD

Delve into one of the most important components of human physiology – breathing

Breathing and the exchange of gases in the body is one of the most important processes which keeps human beings alive. Thus, understanding the respiratory system is essential for anyone willing to learn about physiology, the function of a healthy body. Using an organ systems approach, Professor Thad Wilson will introduce you to the main components of the respiratory system, their functions and the way they interact with each other.

The following subjects will be covered:
  • pulmonary blood flow and its relation to the general circulatory system
  • increases and decreases in pulmonary blood flow and the factors influencing them
  • the transport of O2 and CO2 including oxygen-hemoglobin dissociation 
  • the respiratory cycle and how diseases alter it 
  • hypercapnia, hypoxemia and their clinical appearance 
  • the regulation of the respiratory system in the brain via receptors 
  • the effects of barometric pressure on the pulmonary system 
Schemata and case studies will help you understand these complex issues. Upon completion of this course, medical students will understand the function of the respiratory system and all its components. They will thus be fully prepared for their medical exams. Moreover, practicing physicians may use this course to refresh their knowledge about the physiology of the respiratory system.

Course Details

  • Videos 38
  • Duration 2:29 h
  • Quiz questions 72
  • Articles 4


Your Educators of course Respiratory Physiology

 Thad Wilson, PhD

Thad Wilson, PhD

Thad Wilson is a Professor of Physiology and has been teaching medical students for more than a dozen years at Colleges of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA (Drexel University); Athens, OH (Ohio University), and Indianapolis, IN (Marian University). He has worked extensively developing and improving medical curriculums, as well as serving in leadership roles as a Medical Physiology course director and Organ System team leader. Professor Thad Wilson has been awarded multiple medical school teaching awards and previously was involved in both question writing and question reviewing for national board exams in the health sciences. He currently helps students prepare for medical board exams, in addition to his teaching and scientific pursuits. Professor Thad Wilson has coauthored over 75 peer-reviewed scientific articles as well as a physiology textbook, Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Physiology, which has been translated into four languages and a number of electronic formats.

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GREAT teacher
By Laura P. on 14. February 2020 for Respiratory Physiology

His lectures are very accurate and effective. Moreover, he knows how to be clear and "pédagogue" in the same time. I really like his contents and i think he is a great teacher!

Saves time and easy to follow.
By Keitumetse K. on 08. February 2020 for Respiratory Physiology

I like it because I feel like now I am able to study difficult concepts in a relatively short space of time. I'd recommend it to all MBBS students finding it difficult to understand respiratory physiology by reading from a text book.

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By Surendra S. on 09. December 2019 for Respiratory Physiology

The reason I chose a 4 star rating was because the lectures were amazing and wonderful but I do feel there is room for improvement. I feel in this section, the slides could have contained more information when possible to download and I personally feel that slides was the downfall in this section from preventing the full 5 star rating. I feel the slides could use an improvement and expand on more details. I also believe that the lecturer could have expanded on some concepts a bit more to provide more understanding by providing more examples and various other techniques. The length of the videos were amazing, the way in which the lecturer spoke was captivating and caught my attention and I most certainly enjoyed the lectures and I did learn alot that I never caught in class before. I do urge that the slides do get an improvement by adding certain figures and more concepts especially for us to download. I think it would help alot.

Easy to follow
By Hatem Q. on 27. November 2019 for Respiratory Physiology

Liked the lectures so far Easy to follow Instructor is very good in explaining concepts, clear, to the point, engaging