One of the premier asthma experts of the 19th century was Henry Hyde Salter. In fact, many will even say that he was the asthma expert most respected in the second half of the 19th century.
Yet as I've written about before, young Teddy mentioned at one point that many of the so called remedies were pure torture.
If you read his book, most of what you'll get from it is that he was very observant of his asthma patients. He studied the cases of asthma that he treated, and from his own observations he came to conclusions.
Salter was also an asthmatic himself, which may have added to his interest in the phenomenon. And based on his own experiences with asthma remedies offered by his doctors when he was affected by an episode of asthma, he developed an interest in the disease.
So I thought a good place to start in my quest to examine the history of asthma would be with the great Henry Hyde Salter. From there I will flip through the pages of time to examine people effected with this ailment, ancient theories, old remedies, and anything else of interest we can come up with.