The history of bronchial asthma from the ancient times till the Middle Ages

Acta Physiol Hung. 2004;91(3-4):243-61. doi: 10.1556/APhysiol.91.2004.3-4.8.


The aim of the paper is to give an overview of the knowledge on asthma through the history of mankind. The text begins with ancient China and it is finished with the medicine of Middle Age. During this time, a lot of theories came and this appeared about the etiology and therapy of the disease. The paper is giving a short description of the changing medical views during this very long period including China, Egypt Greco-roman period, Mesopotamia, the Hebrews, the physicians of India, the pre-Columbian medicine in the America and the Arabic world, and partly the European medicine of the Middle Ages.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Asia
  • Asthma / history*
  • Europe
  • History, Ancient
  • History, Medieval
  • Humans
  • Roman World / history