Respiratory medicine is a quickly developing field in which novel achievements are
continually made. The development of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques used in
connection with bronchoscopy has been extremely successful and has thereby facilitated
and improved the care of patients with disorders involving the airways and lungs. The
endoscopic techniques conspire to make pulmonary medicine one of the most hands-on
specialities, which, most likely, is an important factor contributing to the attraction of
young doctors, interested in diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, to our speciality.
One important way to arouse and satisfy this curiosity is of course to continuously
provide updated information within the field, an educational responsibility that the
European Respiratory Society (ERS) takes seriously, not least by publishing the
European Respiratory Monograph (ERM).
More than 10 yrs have passed since the last ERM focused on pulmonary endoscopy
and biopsy techniques was published in 1998. The guest editor for that issue was, as is
the case for the present one, Ja ´nos Strausz, who this time has acted as guest editor
together with Chris Bolliger. The present ERM serves as an example of the tremendous
development within pulmonology, and the guest editors have succeeded in attracting the
most outstanding experts in the field. The new issue has been updated on all points that
were covered by the previous ERM on this topic, and chapters on new techniques have
been added. Thus, a chapter on in vivo confocal microendoscopy, a technique which
allows microscopic imaging of peripheral airways, has been included, as have chapters
on other novel techniques such as endoscopic lung volume reduction and bronchial
thermoplasty for asthma. A chapter on anaesthesia for interventional bronchoscopy is
also new and is included as one of the first chapters.
I know that this ERM has been eagerly awaited for a long time by a lot of ERS
members and non-members and it is now a pleasure to present it. I am sure that this
ERM on Interventional Pulmonology, by being the most excellent source of information,
will find its way to many readers and stimulate the interest in this field.
Editor in Chief,
Eur Respir Mon, 2010, 48, viii. Printed in UK - all rights reserved. Copyright ERS 2010; European Respiratory Monograph.
Print ISSN: 1025-448x; online ISSN: 2075-6674. DOI: 10.1183/1025448x.00992209