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Introduction: Mechanisms of COPD*

Thomas L. Petty, MD, Master FCCP, Chair; Stephen I. Rennard, MD, FCCP, Co-Chair
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*From the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO

Correspondence to: Thomas L. Petty, MD, Master FCCP, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 4200 East 9th Avenue, Denver, CO 80262



Chest. 2000;117(5_suppl_1):219S. doi:10.1378/chest.117.5_suppl_1.219S
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The first Aspen Lung Conference entitled “Symposium on Emphysema and the Chronic Bronchitis Syndrome,” was held in 1958. It’s purpose was to develop an understanding of what these terms meant and to begin to unravel the causes and factors associated with the prognosis. The original Aspen Emphysema Conferences were funded by contracts from a branch of the United States Public Health Service. The 8th Aspen Emphysema Conference was held in 1965. It focused on therapy, and chronic bronchitis and emphysema were redefined. Surgery for emphysema was briefly considered. Oxygen therapy was introduced as a possible solution for selected patients with advanced stages of COPD. Principles of home care and pulmonary rehabilitation were introduced. The next three Aspen Emphysema Conferences were on contemporary research in COPD and related disorders.

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