Inconclusa historia del asma

Unfinished, history of asthma

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Gustavo Adolfo Gómez Correa


En esta revisión se describen la etiología y la naturaleza del asma en el contexto histórico, la patología y fisiopatología en el tiempo y cómo se ha desarrollado el concepto de la terapia en el asma. Desde tiempos antiguos, el asma ha sido reconocida por muchas culturas, incluidas la china, la hebrea, la griega y la romana. Fue el médico griego Hipócrates (460-377 a. C.) de los primeros en describirla, aunque el término era usado para referirse a un síntoma y no a una enfermedad. La mayor contribución para el entendimiento del asma en el siglo XIX fue hecha por Henry Hyde Salter (1823-1871 d. C.), quien propuso una clasificación de asma intrínseca y extrínseca basado en el mecanismo y la naturaleza de varios estímulos. William Osler (1849-1919 d. C.) describió la relación entre los diferentes estímulos que causan disfunción paroxística de las vías aéreas en el asma.

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