First, as far as we know, CCM is a multidisciplinary field of medical specialty of which respiratory medicine (RM) is an integral part, but not the only driving force. This concept of an interdisciplinary medical approach being the mainstay of CCM is widely acknowledged. In China, it is well known that the first real ICU, established in Beijing in 1982,2,3 originated from general surgery. Meanwhile, a multiple organ failure unit was also established in Tianjing.4 These departments developed over time and became autonomous. Therefore, it is unreasonable to regard RM as the origin of CCM in China.