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 said that spasm linked to asthma occured more frequently among anglers, tailors and metalworkers.
It was only in the second half of the 20th century that asthma was considered to be a psychosomatic disorder!
Did you know that Hippocrates saved the honor of a princess accused of adultery with a Negro because she bore a black child?
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