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Original Research: 75 Seminal Studies, 1935–2009 |

Introduction: Chronic Bronchitis

Glenn S. Tillotson, PhD, FCCP
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Copyright © 2009 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2009;136(5_suppl):e22. doi:10.1378/chest.09-2265
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In 1954, chronic bronchitis was considered “rare and [was] often described as a problem of the elderly and aged.” Today, in the United States, > 15 million patients struggle on a daily basis with this condition, more appropriately known as COPD. Chronic bronchitis was regarded by Phillips and colleagues1 as a neglected disease entity in 1954. This assessment remains true today, considering that in 2009, there are several national and global initiatives aimed at improving our understanding and management of this complex condition.

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