Moses Maimonides' treatise on asthma

Thorax. 1981 Apr;36(4):245-51. doi: 10.1136/thx.36.4.245.


This paper contains an analysis and appreciation of one of Moses Maimonides' authentic medical works, his Treatise on Asthma. After a brief biographical section, passages from the work are cited and analysed to illustrate the approach of this medieval physician who organised the knowledge of Greeks and others who preceded him. Maimonides presents a logical and systematic approach to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, an approach which is clearly evident in his Treatise on Asthma.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / history*
  • History, Medieval
  • Humans
  • Manuscripts, Medical as Topic*
  • Medicine, Arabic*

Personal name as subject

  • M Maimonides