Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease past, present and future.

  title={Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease past, present and future.},
  author={Peter M. A. Calverley and Jadwiga A Wedzicha},
  volume={62 12},
C hronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a topic of clinical concern and active research that is strongly represented at the meetings of the British Thoracic Society and in Thorax. This has not always been the case and, for rather different reasons, this disease may not be as important in future decades because the impact of COPD—at least in the developing world—should finally diminish over the next 20 years. This reflects the demographics of smoking cessation and the availability of… CONTINUE READING