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Books, Journals, New Media
February 4, 2004


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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(5):627-628. doi:10.1001/jama.291.5.627

From taking care of patients with pulmonary conditions, I quickly learned that their stopping smoking too often signaled some particularly worrisome new symptom—perhaps worsening shortness of breath or hemoptysis. A subsequent work up sometimes found deterioration of lung function or a lung cancer. Of course, these patients had been repeatedly counseled about smoking cessation and informed of their risks and the benefits of cessation, but they had not quit until sufficiently alarmed by a health event.

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