Chinese doctor’s poem published in the journal CHEST highlights role of smog in lung cancer cases

January 17, 2017

The New York Times (1/6, Kan, Subscription Publication) reports that a poem written by Dr. Zhao Xiaogang, deputy chief of thoracic surgery at Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital of Tongji University, has “drawn attention” to the “oppressive shroud of smog” choking China’s citizens. The poem, written “from the viewpoint of an ambitious lung cancer,” is meant to highlight the smog’s role in making lung cancer “the leading form of cancer in China.” The article notes that Dr. Zhao was quoted in the Global Times as saying, “The intense rise in lung cancer...is intimately related to smog.” The poem was first published in English in the journal CHEST.

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