Sisyphus,1 the legendary king of Corinth,
committed such crimes in his life that on his death he was sent to
Hades for judgment and sentenced to the unattainable task of rolling a
heavy stone up a hill. Each time he would near the apex of the hill,
the stone would shift and roll back down to the plane. Sisyphus was
condemned to repeat this cycle for eternity. As a practicing
pulmonologist in a rural community in upper east Tennessee,
establishing a pulmonary rehabilitation program was a Sisyphean task.
Armed with vision, passion, and determination to succeed, 6 years were
spent planning, marketing, and selling the idea of pulmonary
rehabilitation to the community. The formidable hurdles of apathy,
ignorance, and indifference were finally overcome. Within months of
opening the doors of our newly established program, we had an extensive
waiting list and were already outgrowing the existing facility.
Obviously, there had been a strong need for pulmonary rehabilitation in
this community. A need that was not being met by conventional therapies