"In marked attacks not only is the struggle for breath so severe as to make the patient sit or kneel in bed, but he may even get out of bed and stand gasping at an open window, or clutching at any support that will aid the respiratory muscles of respiration. many will not go to bed at all, but sit in a chair all night, dozing when they can."If that doesn't describe one of my typical asthma attack when I was a kid I don't know what does.
This was written by an asthma expert by the name of James Adam in his 1913 book, "Asthma and its Radical Treatment." After interviewing so many asthmatics in his day, or perhaps due to his own asthma experiences, he had the asthma esperience nailed to a tee.