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Pathology of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases

  • Rubin M. TuderEmail author


In this modern age of in-depth molecular and genetic focus on diseases, it is pressing that we revisit the fundamental pathology underlying chronic pulmonary obstructive diseases—forgetting the past limits our ability to make the best from the present. This review seeks to integrate when possible what is known about the pathology of COPD with key pathogenetic data. However, to move the field forward, investigators dedicated to COPD are required to understand the normal and diseased lung structure (qualitatively and quantitatively), including on how best determine these key parameters; there was a time, approximately more than a half a decade ago, in which these were the most exciting and hopeful developments to understand COPD. They form the foundation to better appreciate the challenge to understand COPD and, most importantly, give proper credit to key studies that, in the past 50 years, shaped our current understanding of this highly challenging disease.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Program in Translational Lung Research, Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care MedicineUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineAuroraUSA

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