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September 12, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(11):789-790. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730110039018

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Research on Asthma  The formation of the Asthma Research Council in 1927 and a report from the Asthma Clinic of Guy's Hospital, which works under the Council, were previously noted in The Journal. A further report of team work at the same clinic by Knott, Oriel and Witts has been published in Guy's Hospital Reports. In the sexes the total incidence was practically identical but the age incidence differed considerably, 54 per cent of the males but only 21 per cent of the females being under 20. A family history of asthma or allied disease was found in 47 per cent of the cases. When the family history was positive, the disease began earlier and was more often associated with other allergies than when it was negative. Respiratory infections precipitated attacks in predisposed subjects. Not a few of the cases which began spontaneously were in persons who had bronchitis or

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