Tuesday, June 8, 2010
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - AN ASTHAMATIC!!!
Though we can not be sure what Beethoven’s doctors prescribed to treat his asthma symptoms, we do know, up until about the mid-eighteenth century, European physicians viewed medicine from a philosophy derived from ancient Greco-Roman times. The body was seen as being made up of four humors – blood, black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm. Excesses of one of the humors were believed to be the causes of medical disorders. Because asthmatic individuals experienced coughing and increased congestion, asthma was seen as a phlegmatic disorder.