Understanding the body and disease process Lungs

The lungs are the centre of the respiratory (breathing) system. All our cells need oxygen, and our bodies need to eliminate the unwanted gas they produce - carbon dioxide. Our lungs exchange these gases every time we breath in and out.

Respiratory device Nurse explaining how to use an inhaler
  1. 1910

  2. 1920

  3. 1930

  4. 1940

  5. 1950

  6. 1960

  7. 1968

    Dr. James Hogg first published his revolutionary idea that the focus of COPD should not be on the large airways but rather on the smaller ones

  8. 1970

  9. 1972

    Dr. Peter Macklem founded the Meakins-Christie Laboratories, which emerged as one of the world’s leading centres for pulmonary research

  10. 1980

  11. 1990

  12. 2000

  13. 2010

  14. 2020

About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.