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Book and Media Reviews
September 26, 2007

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(12):1453-1458. doi:10.1001/jama.298.12.1454-b

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects as many as 10% of the world's population older than 40 years. It is the fourth leading cause of death, has increasing prevalence and mortality rates, and results in substantial human and economic burden. COPD has been defined as a preventable and treatable disease in light of the expanding knowledge about its pathophysiology, clinical characteristics, and responses to therapy. Appropriate to the intense proliferation of research and publications in the last few decades for this major health problem, the editors of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease have produced a comprehensive textbook that spans the basic and clinical science of COPD. This substantial tome includes 912 pages, 243 illustrations, and 70 chapters authored by an international cadre of contributors.