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Chronic bronchitis and pulmonary emphysema are now recognized as major public health problems in the United States, as well as in Great Britain and France, although the precise prevalence of these diseases throughout the world is uncertain. This monograph concisely defines: 1) the current state of knowledge concerning the pathology and natural history of these diseases and their relation to "small airway disease"; 2) the current physiologic methods used for the early diagnosis of airway obstruction and its differential diagnosis; and 3) the conditions that must be fulfilled in order to justify the implementation of a mass screening program for
Early Detection of Chronic Bronchitis and Pulmonary Emphysema.. Ann Intern Med. 1977;87:258. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-2-258_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(2):258.
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