This book provides answers to questions that are frequently asked by those who have COPD - and their families.
Each of the nine chapters starts with a brief vignette describing someone with COPD in author Donald A. Mahler's medical practice.
Practical information is provided that addresses that person's particular challenge and "Key" points of the chapter are summarized.
Next there is a follow-up about the person that describes what actually happened.
Each chapter has been revised many times after discussion and feedback from two individuals who have COPD as well as colleagues who work at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. These different perspectives ensure that the information in the book is practical and easy to read.
Donald A. Mahler MD is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover NH. Presently he works as a pulmonary physician and is Director of Respiratory Services at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont NH. In collaboration with the late Alvin Feinstein MD Dr. Mahler developed the baseline and transition dyspnea indexes. These questionnaires have been used in pharmaceutical trials to assess the effects of various medications approved for treatment of COPD - Spiriva&trade Advair&trade Turdoza&trade Daliresp&trade Arcapta&trade Ultibro&trade Anoro&trade and Striverdi&trade.
Dr. Mahler has written and/or co-edited four books on Dyspnea (the medical word for breathing difficulty). The most recent book was written/edited in collaboartion with Dr. Denis O'Donnell of Queen's University in Kingston Ontario Canada and was published by CRC Press in January 2014.
"The straightforward comprehensive information in this book is invaluable for families and patients living with COPD. Working closely with those significantly impacted by a disease I've learned the importance of honesty and empowerment-this book provides both." -Ryan Kimberly Colgan MS LPC NCC Bereavement Counselor Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro North Carolina
"This book is a wonderful resource. Dr. Mahler is a master clinician and a leader in the COPD community. His book belongs on the list of resources of all clinicians caring for COPD patients and on the shelves of patients and caregivers." -Stephen Rennard MD Larson Professor of Medicine Division of Pulmonary Critical Care Sleep and Allergy Nebraska Medical Center Omaha Nebraska
"I wish all my patients and their caregivers would read this book. It will empower them to better handle their COPD and also make my management of their condition more successful. This book can take patient-doctor communication about their condition to the next level resulting in much better outcomes and treatment results.-Sanjay Sethi MD Professor of Medicine University of Buffalo State University of New York Department of Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System Buffalo New York
"This practical authoritative book written in simple "question and answer" format and based on real-life scenarios provides valuable evidence-based information about how best to meet the challenges of living with COPD. Readers of this book armed with such reliable state-of-the-art information are sure to become more confident about effectively managing their breathing difficulties. This important book by a preeminent physician in the field is a "must read" for those who have COPD and their families." -Denis E. O'Donnell MD Professor of Medicine and Physiology Director of the COPD Center Queens University at Kingston Ontario Canada.
"In this clearly written and easy to understand book Dr Mahler provides the answers to questions doctors often hear from COPD patients and their families. The answers are very practical and will be helpful for many patients suffering from the disease." -Nicholas S. Hill M.D. Chief Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Tufts Medical Center Professor of Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine
"This book is an excellent and unique guide for patients and their families to better understand COPD. It provides essential information with original vignettes and practical instructions. Both patients and physicians will get helpful suggestions from its well-organized content." -Toru Oga MD Department of Respiratory Care and Sleep Control Medicine Graduate School of Medicine Kyoto University Kyoto Japan
"All too often medical care for COPD focuses on risk avoidance and medications leaving too little time for answering the important questions the patients or their family members might have. This short book written by an internationally-recognized authority on COPD answers many of these questions. The insights provided which reflect years of experience by an excellent clinician should prove very useful for those affected directly or indirectly by this common disease." -Richard L. ZuWallack MD Clinical Professor of Medicine University of Connecticut Health Center Pulmonary Medicine St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center Hartford Connecticut