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Defense Mechanisms of the Respiratory System

Richard B. Schlesinger
BioScience
Vol. 32, No. 1 (Jan., 1982), pp. 45-50
DOI: 10.2307/1308754
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1308754
Page Count: 6
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Defense Mechanisms of the Respiratory System
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Abstract

The mammalian respiratory tract is endowed with an airway of coordinated specific and nonspecific defense mechanisms that protect both it and the body in general from the many potentially damaging materials inhaled daily. This paper provides an overview of these mechanisms.

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