Asthma word is derived from the greek word “aazein” meaning “sharp breath” . Theword first appears in
was the first to use it in reference to themedical condition in 450 B.C. Six centuries later , Galen wrote much about asthma ,noting that it was caused by partial or complete bronchial obstruction. In 1190 A.D. ,Moses Maimonides, an influential medieval rabbi, Philosopher, & Physician , wrote atreatise on asthma , describing its prevention , diagnosis , & treatment. In the 17
century, Bernardino , Ramazzini noted a connection between asthma & organic dust. The use of brocho-dilators started in 1901 , but it was not untill the 1960s that the inflammatorycomponent of asthma was recognized , & anti-inflammatory medications were added tothe regimen. Asthma was long considered a psychosomatic disease, and.. during the1930s–50s, was even known as one of the 'holy seven' psychosomatic illnesses. At thattime, psychoanalytic theories described the aetiology of asthma as psychological, withtreatment often primarily involving psychoanalysis and other 'talking cures'. As theasthmatic wheeze was interpreted as the child's suppressed cry for his or her mother, psychoanalysts viewed the treatment of depression as especially important for individualswith asthma.
is a chronic condition (generally associated with humans but also controversially being diagnosed in housepets such as cats) involving the respiratory system in which theairway occasionally constricts, becomes inflamed, and is lined with excessive amounts of mucus, often in response to one or more triggers.
Classification of asthma
On the basis of frequency & severity of symptoms
On the basis of Hypersensitivity reaction