A comprehensive reference, The Year in Respiratory Medicine 2004 provides clinical guidance for all those working in the field of respiratory disease. An expert team of authors evaluates over 150 recently published papers, giving an up-to-the-minute summary of research findings and their implications for clinical practice. In addition to current information on asthma, COPD, and respiratory infections, this year's volume highlights tuberculosis, pulmonary fibrosis, thoracic malignancy, and sleep apnea. The range of diseases that fall under the umbrella of respiratory medicine is both wide and diverse. Illness and death from these diseases pose a significant public health threat. The hundreds of papers published in this area every year make it nearly impossible to keep up-to-date on the latest developments. This book brings cutting-edge information into one resource, making it easily accessible to doctors treating these conditions in their daily practice.