The Clinical Definitions of Asthma

  • Howard David Pettigrew
  • Christopher Chang
  • Suzanne S. Teuber
  • M. Eric Gershwin


It is believed that the term “asthma” was coined by Hippocrates around 450 bc. The term literally means “panting,” from the Greek. Descriptions of the clinical presentation of those affected with asthma appear in medical literature throughout history.


Respiratory Syncytial Virus Lower Respiratory Tract Infection Asthma Exacerbation Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection Eosinophil Cationic Protein 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard David Pettigrew
    • 1
  • Christopher Chang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Suzanne S. Teuber
    • 1
  • M. Eric Gershwin
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of California at DavisDavisUSA
  2. 2.Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours Children’s HospitalThomas Jefferson UniversityWilmingtonUSA

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