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October 8, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(15):1278-1279. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740670066027

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Bronchial Asthma  Prof. Cesare Frugoni, at the University of Rome, and Professor Melli, his assistant, represented Italy at the international congress on bronchial asthma held at Mont Dore. The importance of the constitutional terrain and of the predisposition, or diathesis, in the development of asthma has been confirmed. Frugoni stated that the Italian school of clinical anthropology and biotypology attaches great importance, as an harmonic and nervous factor in the diathesis of asthma patients, to the excitation of the vagal and parasympathetic system. Abrami, while recognizing that the more grave phenomena are to be attributed to vagotonia, pointed out that other symptoms are certainly due to excitation of the sympathetic nerve, and hence the asthmatic syndrome must be regarded as both hypervagal and hypersympathetic, or as amphotonic, as it is sometimes incorrectly termed. Dr. Della Palma emphasized the diagnostic value of eosinophilia in the blood, as well as in the

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