LUNG atelectasis was first described by the French physician René Théophile Hyacinthe Laënnec in his iconic book entitled, De L’Auscultation Médiate; ou Traité du Diagnostic des Maladies des Poumons et du Cœur published in 1819 in Paris, where he compiled his observations of lung and heart sounds derived from the use of his newly invented stethoscope, a simple wooden tube carved by himself. Europe was recovering from the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars and was battling with poverty, famine, and tuberculosis, a mysterious, untreatable pulmonary disease, reminiscent of today’s SARS-CoV-2.

In this issue of the Journal, Zeng et al. present their data exploring the molecular events related to atelectasis, a common clinical entity, by taking advantage of a translational large animal model with high fidelity to human disease. Atelectasis was induced with a...

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