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One of the most persistent tasks of the consultant in pulmonary diseases, it seems to me, is getting his internist colleagues to recognize that cor pulmonale, secondary to chronic obstructive lung disease, is a real diagnostic and therapeutic entity. Especially when extensive peripheral edema is present, physicians frequently seem reluctant to accept that attention to oxygenation and improvement of alveolar ventilation is of far greater therapeutic importance than is the use of cardiotonic drugs and diuretics. Thus, a comprehensive, clinically oriented monograph on the subject is a potentially important addition to the medical literature.
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Cor Pulmonale (Pulmonary Heart Disease).. Ann Intern Med. 1973;79:618–619. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-4-618_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(4):618-619.
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