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December 1960

Psychologic Aspects of Bronchial Asthma

Author Affiliations

Denver
From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1960;100(6):935-941. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.04020040937022
Abstract

Bronchial asthma has been a significant medical problem since ancient times, when it was recognized that emotions played a great part in its causation. Until the end of the 18th century medical textbooks considered bronchial asthma a "neurotic" disorder; not necessarily "neurotic" as the term is used today but pertaining to the nervous system or psyche. With the development of the field of immunology and the rapid strides that were made in the fields of chemistry and physiology occurring early in this century, the psychological aspects of asthma were, for a time, subordinated by consideration of the allergic and organic components. However, during the last 25 yeats more and more interest has been demonstrated in the emotional and functional aspects of this condition so that today's specialist in the field and practitioners of medicine in general are cognizant of both immunologie and psychologic ramifications of allergy: that each element supplements

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