Breathing Lessons: A Doctor's Guide to Lung Health (Hardcover)

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Breathing Lessons: A Doctor's Guide to Lung Health (Hardcover)

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An authoritative, accessible guide to how our lungs work and how to protect them.


Most of us pay little attention to the workings of our lungs, but the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked interest in their functioning and fear about the risks they face. Dr. MeiLan K. Han, a leading pulmonologist and a national spokesperson for the American Lung Association, takes readers on a fascinating tour of this most vital organ.


Han explains the wonder of breathing and reveals how the lungs serve as the body’s first line of defense. She provides a timely overview of the latest scientific thinking about the leading respiratory risks—including indoor and outdoor pollution, smoking and vaping, wildfire smoke, and viruses like SARS-CoV-2—and offers a practical guide to keeping lungs healthy. And with authority as both practitioner and medical researcher, she argues powerfully for a social policy that makes a priority of preserving lung health nationwide.



MeiLan K. Han, MD, is a professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Michigan and a national spokesperson for the American Lung Association. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393866629
ISBN-10: 0393866629
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 2nd, 2021
Pages: 192
Language: English
A comprehensive guide to lung structure, without seeming too daunting to a layman reader…[Han's] call for pulmonary education could not have come at a better time.
— Bri Paterson, The Lancet

Han's heartfelt plea to 'preserve human lung health' hits all the marks. Comprehensive and accessible, [Breathing Lessons] arrives right on time.

— Publishers Weekly

Concise and accessible…A fine primer to an essential organ.
— Kirkus Reviews

Combines memoir with how-to guide in order to explain the importance of our lungs…A practical guide to an essential organ; will especially interest readers of James Nestor's Breath.

— Margaret Henderson, Library Journal

Breathing is essential to life, yet historically, the lungs haven’t received as much attention as other organs of the body. Especially as our world faces the intersecting health threats of COVID-19, chronic lung diseases, and air pollution, Breathing Lessons is an imperative and engaging read for all those who breathe.

— Harold Wimmer, President and CEO, American Lung Association