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Making a Difference, One Life at a Time

Robert G. Johnson, MD, FCCP
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St. Louis, MO

Correspondence to: Robert G. Johnson, MD, FCCP, President, The CHEST Foundation, Chair, Department of Surgery, Saint Louis University, 3635 Vista at Grand Blvd/FDT-3, St. Louis, MO 63110; e-mail: johnsorg@slu.edu



Chest. 2007;132(5):1415-1416. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1071
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This issue of CHEST joins with > 230 other medical and scientific journals that are participating in a global initiative to examine poverty and human development. Emmelin and Wall2 focus on indoor air pollution and child mortality, Hegewald and Crapo3 on socioeconomic status and lung function, and Bukachi and Pakenham-Walsh4 on technology in the developing world. The article by Akhtar et al5 concerning chronic bronchitis associated with the use of biomass fuels in Pakistan, and the Medical Writing Tip by Oshimi6 on effective written communication with limited English-proficient patients also relate to this theme. Worldwide, the number of people living in poverty has deceased slightly in recent years, but by any definition the number remains staggering.7

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