A Brief History of Asthma

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History of Asthma

Asthma is not at all a latest disease, caused by the modernized lifestyle. It has origins in past history, and we can easily find resources that clearly indicated that it was present well before.


However, as the way of living is getting changed with time, the number of patients suffering from asthma is increasing with a greater amount. This rise is most commonly due to the high pollution emission, even in the most modernized country.

The word asthma is derived from the Greek word Panos, which means to breathe with an open mouth or to pant. In ancient days, Panos was a respectable thing and closely related to the visit of God.

History begins with the first century AD when a physician researched asthma, concluding some points i.e. women are more sensitive towards asthma as compared to men. He also summed up that asthma may cause dying issue more in men than women. For children, he said that the recovery chances are high as compared to adults.

The second-century progress on asthma was made by a physician of Roman emperors. He explained the asthma disease is very similar to that of the seizure disease of lungs. In that era, he perfectly explained the disease, which is due to the blockage of bronchial tubes.


During 1552 in Saint Andrews, there was a veteran physician who treated an asthma patient, Archbishop Hamilton. The method of treatment was based on a lifestyle change with a proper balanced diet and exercise regimen. He also changed the feather bed and leather pillow of the patient that resulted in a success story of asthma. Here are the right Asthma remedies in 2020.

One more physician in the history suffering from asthma concluded some great revelation. He clearly stated the linkage between asthma and smoke. He declared the origination of asthma in the lungs pipes. Eberle in 1830 researched asthma and linked it with heredity and infection.

Laennec in 1835 made the stethoscope, as a result of which the development in the field of asthma took place. The symptoms of wheezing could be heard by the doctors in a clear way since then.

Gerhardt in 1850 researched and wrote in his papers, the factors that intensify asthma, which include the strong smell of fragrances, chemical odors, temperature changes, as well as a rise in humidity. After this observation, physicians could link asthma with the allergens.


Dr. H. Salter in 1864 got this knowledge that animal dander could spark off asthma in patients. In addition to this, during that decade, there were many more types of research carried out that indicated the link of asthma with allergens.  However, doctors were in a type of confusion regarding the connection of asthma with genetic issues or with environmental allergens.

In 1900, a few more developments took place by relating asthma with hay fever and psychosomatic disorder. But the actual research was conducted after many years that indicated the physical reasons to be responsible for the problem, and not the brain.

In the twentieth century, many latest advancements have been done due to the progress of science and technology. Lately, doctors know the clear reason of asthma disease, which is not at all hereditary but due to the allergens. Now, there are the latest ways of diagnosis, treatment and preventive measures to counter the disease.


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