COPD: Answers to Your Questions

COPD: Answers to Your Questions – for everyone with COPD

“This book is a wonderful resource. Dr. Mahler is a master clinician and a leader in the COPD community. His book belongs on the list of resources of all clinicians caring for COPD patients and on the shelves of patients and caregivers.”
—Stephen Rennard, MD, Larson Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy, Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

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  • List Price: $14.95
  • Pages: 112
  • ISBN-10: 1634132971
  • Publisher: EBSCO books

a book written for those with COPD, caregivers, and their families


  1. What is COPD?
  2. Why am I short of breath?
  3. Can you help me quit smoking?
  4. Can you help me breathe easier?
  5. How should I use my inhalers?
  6. Do I need oxygen?
  7. Will pulmonary rehabilitation help me?
  8. What is a COPD exacerbation?
  9. Will my breathing get worse? Will I die from COPD?


Why did I write this book?

Every day that I see someone who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in my medical practice, I am reminded that the majority of these individuals and interested family members have many questions.

In response to these and many other questions, I have written this book to provide answers for those who have COPD and their families. Each of the nine chapters focuses on a major challenge faced by someone with COPD. The reader can chose to read the book as a novel from start to finish, or may select the chapter with the question of most interest at the time. For example, the individual may wish to learn about oxygen therapy because it has been recently prescribed. However, the reader may then be interested to learn more about inhaler medications, pulmonary rehabilitation, as well as “other treatments” to relieve breathing difficulty.

Donald A. Mahler, M.D.

Praise for COPD: Answers to Your Questions 

“Best praise for a book: Read in entirety, put on the shelf, take down for a specific topic, put back up, take down…….it makes the trip from shelf to shelf as I go from summer place in the Northeast to winter in the Southwest. I especially like the use of vignettes as verbal illustrations.”                       Helen Stork, Burke, VT and Las Cruces, NM

“Dr. Mahler’s book is an easy-to-read and very inclusive collection of the questions all of us who suffer from COPD have, and the doctor’s clear, concise answers to those questions. Additionally, the book delivers important insights to partners and families who need to deal with the disease. Of the several books on COPD I’ve read, COPD: Answers to Your Questions takes first place as the most straight-forward, best-organized and best-written layperson’s text on the subject. Thanks Dr. Mahler for your caring and support.”  Dempster Leech, Bellows Falls, VT

Cleaning inhalers is important for metered-dose inhalers

Metered-dose inhaler

This is a ‘must read’ for all COPD patients, their families and caregivers. I never realized how little I knew about COPD, even though I was diagnosed several years back, until I read this book. It is easily the most complete information I have received. It is easy to read and understand, offers all the latest treatments and medications combined with very helpful information, tips and suggestions to aid you in getting the most out of living with COPD. Thank you Dr. Mahler.” – Lois R. Collins, Claremont, NH

“I found the book to be ‘on point’ in explaining COPD in a concise and understandable way. From causation and symptoms through diagnosis and treatment, the words guide patient and family members gently, but firmly along the way. I think all COPD patients and family members, as well as friends and co-workers, would gain much insight into the physiological effects of this disease and a much clearer picture of what to do about it.”          – Susan McNeely, Protorsville, VT

“COPD: Answers to My Questions” has been very helpful for me to remember all the discussions about various topics with my pulmonologist. The information about COPD is easy to understand. The last chapter prompted my husband and me to meet with our lawyer to update our living will and power of attorney for health care.”  – Judy Barrett, Elkins, NH

Woman walking a dog

“Dr. Mahler’s book is not so much about what COPD is, but more about how to live with it.  It answers questions that are asked by both the patient and caregiver in regards to day to day living.  Having COPD myself, I found the book to be extremely helpful and wish I had a resource like this when I was first diagnosed.” – Marcia Farmer, Ascutney, VT
These leaning positions help with feeling of being more short of breath

Man leaning forward in chair and leaning on table to help with breathing difficulty

“COPD: Answers To Your Questions is a ‘must’ read for anyone living with chronic breathing problems.  Thank you Dr. Mahler for sharing this practical and invaluable guide.” – John Kiernan, New London, NH
Spirometry performed to assess why Breathing is Worse

Woman performing breathing test.

“Dr Mahler’s book is the most informative book I have read on this topic and has delivered to people with COPD an invaluable tool that can be referenced to when questions arise. It provides the knowledge to know important questions to ask their doctor in relation to their own medical needs. I believe it is a ‘must read’ for people with COPD and also for the people who share their lives with them.”   Carl Small, Quechee, VT