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Most physicians are confronted with the necessity of dealing with the symptom of dyspnea, yet, a precise definition of dyspnea is not simple. Standard texts equate dyspnea with "difficult or labored breathing," yet most physicians use the term to denote subjective awareness of difficulty in breathing. The majority of these authors use the latter concept; however, the authors concerned with Dyspnea in Congenital Heart Disease prefer the more etymologically correct interpretation of "difficult or disordered breathing" in order to eliminate a semantic barrier and to include the non-verbal group.
This minor controversy indicates the scope of this book, which attempts
Dyspnea: Diagnosis and Treatment.. Ann Intern Med. ;60:532. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-60-3-532_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(3):532.
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