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List of Illustrations; Prologue; I: Classical Asthma; II: Asthma Redefined; III: Asthma, Allergy, and the Mind; IV: Asthma in the Modern World; Epilogue; Glossary; Notes; Further Reading; Index. Asthma is a familiar and growing disease today, but its story goes back to the ancient world, as we know from accounts in ancient texts from China, India, Greece and Rome. It was treated with acupuncture and Ayurveda. As Western medicine developed, the nature of asthma became clearer, and its basis in the lungs recognized. But cultural perceptions of the disease shifted too. By the 18th century, with recognition that the disease was centred on the lungs, the idea of environmental triggers such as dust and smoke first became recognized. And with that, asthma also became identified as a disease o.