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Care for Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis

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University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver, Colo.

Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(3):435-436. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-72-3-435_2
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Anyone who sees patients with emphysema and chronic bronchitis (chronic airway obstruction), whether in private office, clinic, or academic hospital, knows that we face an immense and growing problem with urgent priorities both scientific and humane. Although eventually the best treatment may be in preventive medicine, the practitioner often is consulted by patients only after they have reached marked physical disability, at a late stage in the natural course of the disease.

The adverse prognosis of these patients with severe degrees of pulmonary function impairment has been repeatedly stressed recently (1-4), and most students of this disease consider its advanced


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