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November 23, 1970

Screening & Obstructive Treatment Program Pulmonary Disease for Mild Chronic

Author Affiliations

From the Heart Disease and Stroke Control Program, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, Public Health Service, San Francisco. Dr. Baker is now with the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco; Dr. Jarboe is with the; University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington; and Dr. Teisch is with Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York.

JAMA. 1970;214(8):1448-1455. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180080030006

Seven hundred and fifty men were screened for the presence of mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and 134 subjects were enrolled in a therapy program. The findings of follow-up interviews, physical examinations, and laboratory tests were correlated with the screening results. Among those completing six months of therapy, there was a marked improvement of respiratory symptoms, but no significant change in pulmonary function. Cessation of cigarette smoking was most closely associated with the symptomatic improvement.