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Could two very different conditions share a similar pathophysiology?

Brian Hurwitz

in Landmark Papers in Allergy

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199651559
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754241 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199651559.003.0005

Series: Landmark Papers

Could two very different conditions share a similar pathophysiology?

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Asthma is a term which has been applied to various conditions associated with dyspnoea – hence the names cardiac and renal asthma – but its use should be limited to the affection known as bronchial or spasmodic asthma. All writers agree that there is in a majority of cases of bronchial asthma a strong neurotic element. Many regard it as a neurosis in which, according to one view, spasm of the bronchial muscles, according to the other, turgescence of the mucosa, results from disturbed innervation, pneumogastric or vaso-motor. Of the numerous theories the following are the most important:

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Immunology ; Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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