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Solvitur Ambulando…or Maybe Not?6-Min Walk Test in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Stephen C. Mathai, MD, MHS, FCCP
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From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Correspondence to: Stephen C. Mathai, MD, MHS, FCCP, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, 1830 E Monument St, Rm 516, Baltimore, MD 21205; e-mail: smathai4@jhmi.edu


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The author has reported to CHEST the following conflicts of interest: Dr Mathai has served as a consultant to Actelion Pharmaceuticals US Inc; Bayer AG; Gilead; Novartis AG; and United Therapeutics Corporation.

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Chest. 2013;143(2):285-287. doi:10.1378/chest.12-1819
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Diogenes of Sinope (412 [est]-323 BC), also known as Diogenes the Cynic, was a Greek philosopher probably best known for his fruitless search for an honest man (Fig 1). However, equally remarkable was his ability to act out the message he was trying to convey. Lore states that in a debate about the nature of motion, Diogenes, in response to an adversary’s argument that motion does not exist, stands up and walks away, prompting the Latin phrase solvitur ambulando. Interestingly, although the literal translation of solvitur ambulando is “it is solved by walking,” the common interpretation of the phrase is that a problem is only solved by practical experiment.

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