Chang-Qing Gao, MD, PhD
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Gao C. Taking Responsibility for Lung Cancer. Ann Intern Med. 2009;151:214-215. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-151-3-200907210-00012
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2009;151(3):214-215.
While it thundered and rained outside one Thursday evening, I sat comfortably in my office reading a new report on TB. According to the article, the incidence of TB has increased recently in China, especially in the elderly population.
My mobile phone rang. It was Dr. Li, a physician and good friend from my hometown. After catching up, his voice grew serious. He told me that his lifelong friend, Mr. Liu, had been coughing up blood, and there was a lesion in his upper right lung on the chest radiograph. He thought it could be cancer, although he hoped there could be another explanation. I immediately suggested TB to break the uncomfortable silence. He disagreed because Mr. Liu is 65 years old, but I quickly brought up the article I was reading about TB in China. He suggested that I evaluate Mr. Liu, and I graciously agreed to help my old friend's friend.
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