Dr. Tom Petty developed the first pulmonary rehabilitation program and introduced home oxygen therapy in the United States. For many years he wrote a monthly “Letters from Tom” column for the Second Wind Newsletter. These letters feature his wit and wisdom. Click here to access the archives of Dr. Petty’s letters.
The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation (PERF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was formed from a passion to improve the outlook for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), through research into pulmonary rehabilitation and other patient-centered therapies. Over time, this purpose has adapted to include other diseases where shortness-of-breath and exercise intolerance are hallmark symptoms.
PERF publishes a free blog, and responds to reader’s questions and concerns, for those who experience breathing difficulties or exercise limitations.