Therapeutic Aerosols

  • Richard A. Lewis
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 14)


Aerosols were one of the earliest methods by which therapeutic substances were delivered to the lung. Inhalation of fumes from various sources has long been a popular treatment for asthma and the Egyptians were known to attach cones of cotton to the chest, ignite them and allow the patients to inhale the acrid smoke (Adams, 1844). More specific therapy came with the use of various herbs having atropine-like effects. One of these, datura, first introduced into Britain from India in 1802, was administered by inhaling smoke from the burning root of the herb, datura ferox. Modern therapeutic aerosol therapy followed the discovery of “adrenal substance” (Solis-Cohen, 1900) and the isolation of adrenaline (Takamine, 1902).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Lewis
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  1. 1.Department of General & Thoracic MedicineSouthampton General HospitalSouthamptonUK

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