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Wet Nebulization in Acute Asthma : The Last Refrain?

Charles W. Callahan, DO, LTC, MC, USA, FCCP
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Affiliations: Honolulu, Hawaii 
 ,  Dr. Callahan is Chief, Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology, Department of Pediatrics (MCHK-PE), Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI. The views and opinions expressed in this manuscript are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the United States Government.

Correspondence to: Charles W. Callahan, DO, LTC, MC, USA, FCCP, 1 Jarrett White Rd, Honolulu, HI 96859-5000; e-mail: charles_w.callahan@tamc.chcs.amedd.army.mil



Chest. 2000;117(5):1226-1228. doi:10.1378/chest.117.5.1226
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For 6 years, my office was located next to our clinic treatment rooms. Almost every day from my position on that hallway, I listened to the high-pitched descant song of the nebulizer performing the ballad of asthma treatment. The song is a familiar one to those working in emergency departments, pediatric wards, and ICUs, and it resonates through all my memories of caring for children with asthma. In coming years, however, it is a song we will hear less often. And quite possibly, it is a melody our academic grandchildren will not know at all.

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