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Introduction*

Norbert F. Voelkel, MD
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*From Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, CO.

Correspondence to: Norbert F. Voelkel, MD, Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado Health Science Center, 4200 E Ninth Ave, C272, Denver, CO 80262; e-mail: norbert.voelkel@uchsc.edu



Chest. 2000;117(5_suppl_2):325S. doi:10.1378/chest.117.5_suppl_2.325S
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According to the definition of the European Respiratory Society,1 COPD is a “disorder characterized by reduced maximum expiratory flow and slow forced emptying of the lungs.” These features do not change markedly over time, and airflow limitation is slowly progressive and irreversible.

The articles contained within this supplement represent the outcome of a 2-day workshop entitled “COPD: Working Towards a Greater Understanding,” which was held in Aspen, CO, in June 1999, immediately following the Thomas L. Petty Lung Conference. The workshop brought together a group of leading respiratory experts from the United States and Europe to discuss important issues surrounding the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of COPD.

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