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Kalpalatha K. Guntupalli, MD, FCCP; David Gutterman, MD, FCCP; Suhail Raoof, MD, FCCP; Paul A. Markowski, CAE
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From the Baylor College of Medicine (Dr Guntupalli), the Medical College of Wisconsin (Dr Gutterman), and the New York Methodist Hospital (Dr Raoof).

Correspondence to: Suhail Raoof, MD, FCCP, New York Methodist, Medicine-Pulmonary Critical Care, 2178 Kirby Ln, Muttontown, NY 11791; e-mail: sur9016@nyp.org


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Chest. 2011;139(6):1550. doi:10.1378/chest.11-0559
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To the Editor:

We appreciate the thoughtful comments and the suggestion to pool all respiratory diseases as a group made by Dr Sandoval-Gutierrez and colleagues in response to our editorial.1 The statistics quoted in their letter are precisely the reason that the Forum of International Respiratory Societies took up celebrating the “Year of the Lung.”

Proponents of the “Decade of the Lung” argue that it takes more than a year to bring respiratory health issues to the forefront for a meaningful impact on public and private stakeholders. We could not agree more.

On the other hand, a yearlong set of structured, high-profile, and intensive activities by the leading world respiratory organizations runs the risk of “tachyphylaxis” if extended to a decade. Rather, sustained and targeted efforts to focus attention on lung disease without necessarily using the eponym “Decade of the Lung,” can support the accomplishments of the Year of the Lung in a sustainable manner.

Guntupalli KK, Gutterman D, Raoof S, Markowski PA. 2010: the year of the lung. Chest. 2010;1386:1287-1288. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 

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Guntupalli KK, Gutterman D, Raoof S, Markowski PA. 2010: the year of the lung. Chest. 2010;1386:1287-1288. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
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