Sunday, August 21, 2011

Can I tell a fib (part 1)?

Like most docs, my recommendation for an individual to stop smoking often seems to fall upon a deaf ear.

However, I can't tell you how many times I've seen tears well up in a persons eyes when I tell them a chest xray or pulmonary function test shows, at a minimum, some early signs of emphysema.

Sometimes, it has re-opened a closed door and allowed discussions concerning quitting to be re-started.

It often makes me think about wanting to tell all smokers the same thing, even when the CXR and PFT's don't show any signs of pulmonary disease yet.

Can I, pretty please?

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