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OUP Oxford, Mar 5, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 94 pages
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an all too too common lung condition - usually caused by cigarette smoking - which varies markedly in severity between individuals, and includes conditions previously known as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It causes progressive symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, coughing, reduced exercise tolerance and frequent chest infections. COPD: The Facts is written for patients with COPD and their families, but it will also be of interest to health professionals. The book describes in detail how a diagnosis is made and what treatments patients are likely to receive. It discusses modern approaches to the management of COPD (both with and without drugs) and includes examples of real-life patient experiences throughout the text, answers to the most frequently asked questions, and advice on how to give up smoking.

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1 How the normal lungs work
2 What is COPD?
3 Making the diagnosis of COPD
4 Giving up smoking
5 Managing COPD without drugs
6 Managing COPD with drugs
7 Inhaler devices
8 Oxygen and COPD
9 Episodes of worsening symptoms exacerbations
Appendix 1 Glossary of drugs
Appendix 2 Further information

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Dr Currie graduated with MBChB in 1994 from the University of Glasgow, and was awarded a Diploma in Child Health in 1997 and MRCP (UK) in 1998. He has recently completed a diploma in postgraduate medical education and appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He became a consultant in respiratory and general medicine at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and honorary senior lecturer with the University of Aberdeen in 2007. Dr Currie has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, is also an author on around 35 scientific abstracts and has presented his work at numerous national and international postgraduate conferences.

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