Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a severe lung condition, is rising at an alarming rate worldwide. This concise and informative book explains the causes and which populations are most affected and expounds on the need to educate the public and take steps to rein it in.
Anthony Rebuck, who has practiced respiratory medicine at the University of Toronto and the Toronto Lung Clinic, currently manages clinical research projects in the Asia/Pacific region. He notes that COPD is predicted by the World Health Organization to be the third leading cause of death and disability by 2020, and already is responsible for more than 2.5 million deaths annually.
Using evidence-based information (backed by 30 pages of documentation), Rebuck details health problems that are particularly worrisome in Asia, where cigarette smoking, car and industrial pollution and the uncontrolled “slash and burn” method of land clearing in Indonesia are a triple threat to its population. The author carefully explains how such exposure damages the lungs, how COPD is currently treated, what research is being done and how best to thwart the causes of this disease.
Rebuck has done a terrific job packing many explanatory details into a concise package. His book is written clearly enough to be understood by lay people as well as those in the medical community. Critical and often alarming information is included to back up the author’s concerns. He notes, for example, that not only is poisoned air leading to cancer and shortened life expectancies, it is stripping marine life from huge sections of the seas around China.
In short, this outstanding book fulfills its promise as a critical wake-up call regarding the perilous rise of airborne poisons and the need to take action quickly to save lives. It deserves wide readership from the general public and all those who can affect changes.
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