Respiratory Care: Principles and Practice

Respiratory Care: Principles and Practice
4th Ed.
2021 © Jones & Bartlett Learning
William F. Galvin, MSEd, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC; Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC; Neil R. MacIntyre, MD, FAARC; Shelley C. Mishoe, PhD, RRT, FAARC
ISBN-13: 978-1-284-15522-8
eISBN-13: 978-1-284-15531-0
Respiratory Therapy, Exam Preparation


With contributions from over 75 of the foremost experts in the field, the fourth edition of best-selling Respiratory Care: Principles and Practice continues to represent the absolute best in clinical and academic expertise. The Fourth Edition includes numerous updates and revisions that provide strong foundational knowledge. More than an introductory text, this comprehensive resource will be referenced and utilized by students throughout their educational and professional careers.

Respiratory Care: Principles and Practice, Fourth Edition has been thoroughly reviewed and updated with the latest content to reflect current trends and topics important to contemporary respiratory care practice. With foundations in evidence-based research, the fourth edition covers patient assessment, respiratory therapeutics, respiratory diseases, applied sciences, and the professional aspects of respiratory care. Brand new chapters have been added to cover topics such as lung transplantation and sepsis, and the inclusion of new contributors has infused new perspectives and more modern coverage of important topics.

Respiratory Care: Principles and Practice, Fourth Edition incorporates up to date and essential information on the practice of respiratory care into a well-organized, cohesive, reader-friendly guide, helping students learn skills such as critical thinking, care plan development, patient education, and clinical leadership. Including a wealth of student and instructor resources, this text provides essential information in a practical and manageable format for optimal learning and retention. This new edition was constructed with content cross-referencing the National Board for Respiratory Care’s (NBRC) examination matrix, ensuring that all the topics on the board exams are included. The fourth edition of Respiratory Care: Principles and Practicee continues to assist students in mastering the art and science of respiratory care, contributing to improvements in the stature of the respiratory care profession, and—most importantly—improvements in the care of patients with respiratory disorders.

Doody's Reviews

Doody's Core Titles (DCT)
Score: 85/100
3/5 Stars
Specialty Score: 2.7 Health Sciences - Respiratory Therapy
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This book is a welcomed update to its previous edition. It truly is an outstanding textbook covering all aspects of respiratory care. Not only has it proven to be an excellent textbook for respiratory care students and those studying for credentialing exams, but respiratory care practitioners will find it a valuable resource as well. Well done!"

-- Steven Hamick, AAS, BIS (William Beaumont Hospitals) Doody's Review

"This is an outstanding book that continues to be a standard in respiratory care."

-- Steven Hamick, AAS, BIS (William Beaumont Hospitals) Doody's Review - previous edition


This book is written for and meets the needs of students in respiratory care programs. It also covers all the topics on the National Board for Respiratory Care's examination matrix. The authors are unquestionably experts in the field of respiratory care and pulmonary medicine as they have published previous books, journal articles, and studies.

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