Table of Contents

This is an ongoing history.  As posts are published they will be linked to from here.  In the end, I will provide a history of lung diseases from the beginning of time to today.  Stay tuned. 

Beginning-5000 B.C.: Age Before History and Time
5000-2700 B.C.: Beginning of the Ancient World
2700-1 B.C.: Ancient World During History and Before Time
1-276 A.D.: Ancient World After Time
500-1550 A.D.: Dark Ages of Medicine
1550-1899: Scientific Revolution
1800-1900 A.D.: Age of Progress
1800-1900: The Scientific Revolution
1900-Present: Age of Results
  • 1900: Asthma cigarettes (advertisement)
  • 1900:  Park-Davis Glaseptic Nebulizer (3/29/17)
  • 1900: The discovery of epinephrine
  • 1900-2010: The evolution of rescue medicine
  • 1901-1933: How does epinephrine work? (4/16/16)
  • 1901-1920:  Hay fever becomes allergy
  • 1901: National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives
  • 1901: Treatment for Asthma (7/12/17)
  • 1904:  Wompole's Hypno-Bromic Comp will cure your asthma (5/19/17)
  • 1904:  The first remedy for hay fever is Pollantin (7/14/17)
  • 1907:  Dr. James Sawyer's Asthma Powder (3/31/17)
  • 1907: The first mechanical ventilator:  The Pulmotor (4/19/17)
  • 1908:  The Bratt's Resuscitator (4/21/17)
  • 1909: Pituitrin tried for asthma and hay fever (7/17/17)
  • 1910-1950:  Antihistamines to treat allergies (7/19/17)
  • 1910:  Hiram Maxim Pipe of Peace (4/3/17)
  • 1910:  Early PEP and Insentive Spirometers (4/21/17)
  • 1910:  Meltzer links asthma with allergies (8/11/1
  • 1910-1920:  The oxygen revolution (4/24/17)
  • 1910-1930:  Early resuscitators were over-hyped (6/12/17)
  • 1910-1950:  Desensitization to treat allergies (in draft)
  • 1912-2001:  Dr. Martin Wright (4/26/17)
  • 1913: Speculation about asthma continues (7/21/17)
  • 1913: Adam Toxaemic Theory of Asthma (7/26/17)
  • 1913:  Adam: Two types of chronic asthmatics (7/28/17)
  • 1913: Adam: Abnormalities associated with asthma (7/31/17)
  • 1913: Adam: A perfect description of an asthma attack (8/2/17)
  • 1913:  Adam: Cauterize your nose, cure your asthma (8/4/17)
  • 1917:  Meltzer's pharyngeal Insufflation Apparatus (4/28/17)
  • 1918:  A killer worse than a war (5/30/17)
  • 1918:  Rackermann redefines asthma
  • 1920:  The Lungmotor (a resuscitation device) (6/1/17)
  • 1920s and 30s:  Memories from National Jewish
  • 1920-1940:  The birth of the RT profession (5/26/17)
  • 1920-1980: Pneumonia is finally tackled
  • 1920-1980:  The evolution of oxygen delivery devices (6/7/17)
  • 1921: The Children's Ward at National Jewish Hospital
  • 1927: Harold Beck: My Life With Asthma (4/10/17)
  • 1929: The Drinker Respirator (6/14/17)
  • 1930:   Pneumostat, the first electric nebulizer (4/7/17)
  • 1930s:  Spiess-Drager (Apneu) Nebulizer and Inhalatoriums (3/27/17)
  • 1930s:  Asthma Nefrin and the Devilbiss Nebulizer (4/5/17)
  • 1931:  The Emerson Respirator (6/16/17)
  • 1932:  The first use of the term 'Aerosol' (4/12/17)
  • 1937-80: The evolution of mechanical ventilation (6/19/17)
  • 1940's: Dr. M. Murray Peshkin, Parentectomy,  and the rise of the asthma institution
  • 1940s:  Stories from National Jewish Health
  • 1940s:  The Collision Nebulizer (4/14/17)
  • 1940s: Why did asthma morbidity and mortality increase (8/9/17)
  • 1940-1960:  The RT Profession Matures (5/29/17)
  • 1940-1970:  The decline and return of tuberculosis (6/23/17)
  • 1940:  Asthma death rate begins a gradual rise (8/4/17)
  • 1948: First study of intermittent positive pressure breathing (6/26/17)
  • 1949-1969: The National Foundation for Asthmatic Children (
  • 1950s: The Discovery of Steroids
  • 1950:  The decline of asthma cigarettes
  • 1950s: Steroids for Asthma
  • 1950:  Life for polio victims inside an iron lung (6/26/17)
  • 1954:  The DeVilbiss Pocket Nebulizer (4/17/17)
  • 1950s:  The first peak flow meter (8/14/17)
  • 1950: Dr. Forrest Bird
  • 1957: The invention of the rescue inhaler
  • 1959:  Nebu-Halent Inhaler
  • 1960-1990: The asthma institution (8/18/17)
  • 1960-2012: Evolution of Asthma Controller Medicine
  • 1960s:  Spike in asthma death rate earns worldwide attention (8/7/17)
  • 1960s: Did rescue medicine cause a spike in asthma deaths? (8/16/17)
  • 1955-1985:  The IPPB Revolution (6/9/17)
  • 1970s: Steroids for Asthma: Part II
  • 1980s: The First Corticosteroid Inhalers
  • 1990s: The Booming Steroid Inhaler Market (in draft)
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1 comment:

  1. Allergies are much older than 30,000 years, since they are seen in other mammals. Put them before the dawn of empathy. Yours is a really nice approach to breathing history
    Add Al Barach in there.

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