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The Pneumologie (also Pneumonologie ; Greek. Πνεύμων Pneumon "spirit", "touch", "breathing", metonymically for " lung ") or pulmonology (also Pulmonology ; lat. Pulmo "lung") is a branch of internal medicine , which is busy with lung disease. The German name is pulmonary medicine or lung and bronchial medicine .

Pneumology includes the prophylaxis , detection and conservative treatment of diseases of the lungs , bronchi , middle skin (mediastinum) and pleura .

Chest surgery as part of surgery , irradiation of lung tumors as part of radiation therapy, and chemotherapy of lung tumors as part of oncology are not directly part of pulmonology.

Common clinical pictures in pulmonology

Common methods of examination in pulmonology

less often internal thoracoscopy (a reflection of the pleura)

Therapy principles of pulmonology

Diagnostic procedures and interventions by thoracic surgeons

See also


  • Dieter Köhler , Bernd Schönhofer, Thomas Voshaar: Pneumology. A guideline for rational action in clinic and practice. Thieme, Stuttgart 2009; 2nd, updated and expanded edition, ibid 2014, ISBN 978-3-131-46282-4 .
  • German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine (Ed.): 100 Years of German Pneumology. Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg 2010, ISBN 978-3-642-11453-3 .
  • Joachim Lorenz and others: Checklist XXL: Pneumology. Thieme, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-131-15072-6 .
  • Heinrich Matthys, Werner Seeger (Ed.): Clinical Pneumology. Springer, Berlin 2002, ISBN 3-540-67392-X .
  • Robert Bollinelli, Pierre Carles: History of Pulmonary Medicine . In: Illustrated History of Medicine. German adaptation by Richard Toellner and others. Special edition, Salzburg 1986, Volume 5, pp. 2702–2733.
  • Joachim Frey : Diseases of the respiratory organs. In: Ludwig Heilmeyer (ed.): Textbook of internal medicine. Springer-Verlag, Berlin / Göttingen / Heidelberg 1955; 2nd edition ibid. 1961, pp. 599-746, here: pp. 669-724 ( diseases of the lungs ).

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