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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - A Compendium of Medicine and the Humanities

Kian Chung Ong

Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre

A pioneering pulmonologist in pulmonary rehabilitation, exercise testing, non-invasive ventilation, hospital-at-home programs, with a keen interest in developing new modalities in disease management. Member of Academy of Medicine (Singapore), Royal College of Physicians (UK), American College of Chest Physicians.


Risk Factors Epidemiology Symptoms Airway Dysfunction Inflammation Asthma Lung Volume Reduction Steroids Non-invasive Ventilation Health Geography Sociology Interdisciplinary

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an age-old ailment that has plagued humankind since eons ago. The epidemic of COPD is largely caused by cigarette smoking and air pollution. COPD is an illness that does not respect the culture, geography, socio-economic status, or education. Consequently, it is a highly prevalent disease worldwide. Notwithstanding the current viral pandemic which has been ravaging the world, the health burden of COPD remains high, especially in low and middle-income countries. Confronting COPD is straining healthcare resources and involves a plethora of healthcare personnel from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Thus, an educational resource for COPD necessitates an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach to be considered comprehensive.

This book aims to provide such a perspective. From bench to bedside and beyond, this compendium of publications on COPD seeks to provide clinicians as well as non-clinicians a multi-faceted view of a truly global disease. The renaissance of humanistic perspectives of medicine is intended to provide interesting aspects of dealing with this ancient and global malady.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: March 25th 2022

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Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline for chapter proposals: June 3rd 2022

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Deadline for full chapters: August 2nd 2022

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: October 21st 2022

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Expected publication date: December 20th 2022

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About the editor

Kian Chung Ong

Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre

Dr. Ong is a respiratory physician and intensivist of twenty-five years' experience. He is currently the medical director of Chestmed Pte Ltd, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, Singapore. He is also the founding and current president of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Association (Singapore) and is a member of the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) Assembly. He is the principal author of multiple publications in international peer-reviewed medical journals such as CHEST, European Respiratory Journal, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and Respiratory Medicine. He is also the editor of several textbooks: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Current Concepts and Practice, Lung Inflammation, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - a Current Conspectus.

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