John B. West
John B. West is a pulmonary physiologist who has contributed explanations about how the elephants can use their trunk as snorkel, by means of their unique lung physiology.
- Born 1928 in Adelaide, Australia.
- M.D. Ph.D. Professor of Medicine and Physiology
- School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego's Department of Medicine.
- West is the editor-in-chief of the new journal High Altitude Medicine & Biology.
- He has served on numerous national committees including those of the National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Health and NASA.
- He has published 20 books and almost 400 articles.
- Website: John B. West, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. , University of California, San Diego
- West, J.B. Snorkel breathing in the elephant explains the unique anatomy of its pleura. Resp. Physiol. 126: 1-8, 2001.(PubMed Link)
- West, J.B. Why doesn't the elephant have a pleural space? NIPS 17: 47-50, 2002.
- West J.B., Z. Fu, A.P. Gaeth and R.V. Short. Fetal lung development in the elephant reflects the adaptations required for snorkeling in adult life. Respir. Physiol. Neurobiol. 138: 325-333, 2003.
- West J.B. Physiology of the pleura: lessons from the elephant. Intl. Pleural. Newsl. 2: 1-2, 2004.