Chest Diseases: Wind on the Hill

Emphysema is a Greek word for inflation, but it got attention on Capitol Hill last week for physical rather than fiscal reasons. As now used in medicine, it describes a disabling disease in which the lungs fail to empty properly and remain uselessly overinflated. The result is a condition long familiar in horses, and known as "heaves" or "broken wind."

Alabama's Representative Kenneth A. Roberts drew a quick laugh when he told the House: "There will, no doubt, be some who say that a Congressman couldn't possibly have emphysema since he's so long-winded anyway." Then he added: "Seriously, Mr. Speaker,...

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