ERS | monograph Preface Robert Bals The nose is an important body part for the pulmonologist. In my opinion there are three main reasons why lung doctors should read this ERS Monograph on “The Nose and Sinuses in Respiratory Disorders” and learn more about the role of the nose in lung diseases: 1) The nose represents the upper part of the airways and is thus an important component of the air conduction system. The “united airways disease” concept covers physiology as well as pathomechanisms. Thus, diseases of the lung are often diseases of the nose, and vice versa. 2) Lung-related symptoms may also originate from diseases of the nose and therefore the lung physician needs to know the basic concepts of nasal disorders, including diagnostic approaches that are available from their ENT colleagues. 3) Therapeutic interventions of diseases of the lung often include treatment of disorders of the nose. With this ERS Monograph, we provide the reader with a broad and detailed overview on the basic biology of the interaction between the nose and the lung. The various chapters cover a number of diseases that involve both organs, e.g. cystic fibrosis, asthma, COPD and bronchiectasis, and the authors also discuss the effect of diseases of the nose on the lung. The focus is on the practical aspects of clinical work and providing insight into diagnostic procedures and therapeutic options in the ENT area. The Guest Editors, Claus Bachert, Arnaud Bourdin and Pascal Chanez, have worked very successfully to select the topics and to integrate these aspects into this ERS Monograph, which summarises our current knowledge. I thank the Guest Editors and all of the authors of the individual chapters for their work on this excellent book. Together, they have produced a practical publication that comprises information on the scientific background and the application at the patient’s bed. I am sure Copyright ©ERS 2017. Print ISBN: 978-1-84984-085-9. Online ISBN: 978-1-84984-086-6. Print ISSN: 2312-508X. Online ISSN: 2312-5098. vii
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