Monday, May 23, 2011

Salter aimed to prove asthma was nervous

Sticking to Dr. Henry Hyde Salter's view of asthma as being all in your head, he offered the following as proof.
  1. Many patients feel fine as soon as they enter the doctor's office
  2. Mental emotion can bring on a paroxysm of asthma
  3. Mental emotion can resolve a paroxysm of asthma
  4. Remedies that relax the nervous system resolve asthma, such as tobacco, antispasmodics, sedatives, and nervous depressants. Examples include tobacco, alcohol, morphine, and especially chloroform.
  1. Salter, Henry Hyde, "On Asthma: It's Pathology and Treatment," 1868, London, pages 24-30

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