Asthma Awards

Recognition of the talent and effort of the best physicians, scientists and others who have improved the knowledge of asthma.

Sir David Jack

Sir David Jack – Asthma Awards

Our fifth award goes to Sir David Jack (1924-2011), an extraordinary pharmacologist and medicinal chemist who dedicated his life to the development of drugs for treating asthma. Sir David Jack developed the first inhaled asthma medicine, salbutamol, which was launched in 1969 as Ventolin. By going directly to the lungs, this medicine relieved asthma symptoms almost instantly and saved the lives of hundreds of asthma sufferers! David received many honors and won a lot of prizes because of his discoveries!…

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Niels Ryberg Finsen

Niels Ryberg Finsen – Asthma Awards

Our fifth award goes to Dr. Niels Ryberg Finsen (1860-1904), a notorious Danish physician and scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for contribute to the treatment of many diseases with concentrated light radiation. Niels Ryberg Finsen brought color therapy into the modern age with his amazing research and results! Click here to read our post about this therapy! Did you know that Dr. Finsen’s Pick’s disease was responsible for his investigations on light? I suffered from anaemia and tiredness,…

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René-Maurice Gattefossé

René-Maurice Gattefossé– Asthma Awards

Our fourth award goes to René-Maurice Gattefossé (1881-1950), a notorious french chemist and scholar doctor who is regarded as the father of Aromatherapy. Do you believe that aromatherapy was born with a burn? It’s true! After a laboratory explosion, both his hands were covered with a rapidly developing gas gangrene. Then, Gattefossé decided to treat himself with lavender essential oil. The results could not be better! Lavender essential oil saved his life because gas gangrene was the cause of many…

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John Mudge

John Mudge – Asthma Awards

Our third award goes to John Mudge (1721-1793), a renowned english doctor who invented the first inhaler in 1778. This device was developed to help his patients in their respiratory issues. It was based on a pewter tankard and it was used to inhale opium steam to treat coughs. In one of his books, John Mudge described how to use this inhaler. Let’s take a look! Pour hot water into the bottom of the mug; Close the lid and attach…

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James Daniel Hardy - Asthma Awards

James Daniel Hardy – Asthma Awards

Our second award goes to Dr. James Daniel Hardy (1918-2003), who made the first human lung transplant in 1963. Dr. Hardy was also the first chairman of the department of surgery and surgeon in chief at the University Medical Center in Mississippi. He authored, co-authored and edited more than five hundred articles and chapters in medical publications and more than twenty three medical books, including two which became standard surgery texts. Dr. Hardy served on numerous editorial boards and as…

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Hippocrates, The Father of Asthma - Asthma Awards

Hippocrates, The Father of Asthma – Asthma Awards

Our first award goes to Hippocrates (460-357 BC), who made asthma a common term using it to describe any medical condition that caused dyspnea. Hippocrates was the first person to believe that diseases were caused naturally, not because of magic, superstition and gods. In addition to that, it was also the first physician to link emotions to asthma! In his Corpus Hippocraticum, Hippocrates stated that to prevent asthma attacks the asthmatic “should guard himself against his own anger”. He also…

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