COPD - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780443074387


1st Edition

Your Questions Answered

Authors: David Halpin
Paperback ISBN: 9780443074387
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 10th October 2003
Page Count: 160

Table of Contents

  • Definitions and epidemiology.
  • Pathology and pathophysiology.
  • Diagnosis and prognosis.
  • Management guidelines for COPD.
  • Prevention of COPD.
  • Drug therapy.
  • Treating exacerbations of COPD.
  • Oxygen therapy and non-invasive ventilation.
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation and non-pharmacological management of COPD.
  • Surgical management of COPD.
  • New treatments.
  • Palliative care.
  • Practice organization.
  • Sources of further information.
  • References.
  • List of patient questions.
  • Index.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common diseases in the developed world, and a major cause of morbidity and mortality. As there is no cure, many doctors assume they can do little for patients presenting with this distressing condition, but in fact, new pharmacological therapies giving symptomatic relief and management techniques such as pulmonary rehabilitation can greatly improve patients' quality of life. This book, written by a respiratory specialist in accessible Q and A format provides up-to-date, evidence-based information to enable the primary care practitioner to better understand and treat patients with COPD. It will provide authoritative information for family doctors, patients and their carers, in an attractive and easy to read presentation.

Key Features

  • Popular question and answer format
  • Covers both commonplace and rarer issues
  • Includes useful information on websites, associations
  • Sections on patient's frequently asked questions


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About the Authors

David Halpin Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Physician and Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Exeter, UK