[en] We review what we think to be the major advances in the field of respiratory medicine over the last ten years. We concentrate here on four major diseases i.e. asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and chronic respiratory insufficiency due to restrictive disorders. Therapeutic advances are based either on new drugs or on new disease management concepts and, in some cases, on new medical devices. These advances have allowed a reduction in mortality and morbidity in aforementioned diseases.