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ABC of COPD, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3388-6
88 pages
January 2011, BMJ Books
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive, largely irreversible lung condition characterised by airflow obstruction. Although cigarette smoking is the single most important risk factor in its development, other associations and risk factors are thought to have increasing relevance throughout the world. COPD is usually managed in primary care, although it is commonly under-diagnosed, and is one of the most common medical conditions necessitating admission to hospital.

The second edition of the ABC of COPD provides the entire multidisciplinary team with a reliable, up-to-date and accessible account of COPD. Extensively updated by experienced clinicians - including new chapters on spirometry, inhalers, oxygen, death, dying and end of life issues - this ABC is an authoritative and practical guide for general practitioners, practice nurses, specialist nurses, medical students, paramedical staff, junior doctors, non-specialist doctors and all other health professionals working in both primary and secondary care.

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Foreword (Peter Barnes).

1. Definition, epidemiology and risk factors (Graham S Devereux).

2. Pathology and pathogenesis (William MacNee).

3. Diagnosis (Graeme P. Currie and Mahendran Chetty).

4. Spirometry (David Bellamy).

5. Smoking cessation (John R. Britton).

6. Non-pharmacological management (Graeme P. Currie and Graham Douglas).

7. Pharmacological management (I) (Graeme P. Currie and Brian J Lipworth).

8. Pharmacological management (II) (Graeme P. Currie and Brian J Lipworth).

9 Inhalers (Graeme P. Currie and Graham Douglas).

10. Oxygen (Graham Douglas and Graeme P. Currie).

11. Exacerbations (Graeme P. Currie and Wisia Wedzicha).

12. Ventilatory support (Paul Plant and Graeme P. Currie).

13. COPD in primary care (Cathy Jackson).

14. Death, dying and end of life issues (Gordon Linklater).

15. Future treatments (Peter Barnes).

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Graeme P. Currie is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
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"Extensively updated by experienced clinicians - including new chapters on spirometry, inhalers, oxygen, death, dying and end of life issues - this ABC is an authoritative and practical guide for general practitioners, practice nurses, specialist nurses, medical students, paramedical staff, junior doctors, non-specialist doctors and all other health professionals working in both primary and secondary care." (Clinical Laboratory International Magazine, 1 April 2011)

"Of particular interest is helping general practitioners recognize and diagnose the disease at an earlier stage than is the general case now." (Reference and Research Book News, 1 April 2011)

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