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Pleas From a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Patient FREE TO VIEW

Michael J. Berry, PhD
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Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC

Correspondence to: Michael J. Berry, PhD, Health and Exercise Science, PO Box 7868, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109; e-mail: berry@wfu.edu

Chest. 2001;120(4):1427. doi:10.1378/chest.120.4.1427
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A COPD patient with an exacerbation

was referred to pulmonary rehabilitation.

The doctor said it was needed.

The patient agreed but pleaded,

don’t put me in a program with smoking cessation.

It’s not that I am addicted,

as the FDA has depicted.

No, I really like to smoke,

even though I wheeze and I choke,

and with emphysema I’m afflicted.

I’ll do whatever you say,

take my medications every day.

I’ll exercise three times a week,

practice my belly breathing technique.

Just don’t take my cigarettes away.




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