Chest Diseases: Shortness of Breath

Any illness that is gradually choking to death a million or more Americans might be expected to be a well-known subject of intensive attack by medical scientists. But the progressive and eventually fatal shortness of breath that doctors call emphysema (pronounced em-fe-see-muh) is so little known that it has no common English name. Until recently few laymen even realized that it existed,* and most doctors thought it was rare. But emphysema is rapidly changing its status. It is now recognized as probably the most common disabling disorder of the respiratory system.

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