The medical literature addresses chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but this text focuses on the most salient aspects of the disease and brings those into a single reference source. Handbook of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease begins with clear classifications of COPD symptoms and defines the full pathology. The editors then concentrate on management-the best approach, medications, prevention and methods for dealing with complications. That concentration, along with the concise layout and explanations, makes this guide extremely practical. It is ideal for the clinician who attends to COPD patients.