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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Seyedmahdi Pahlavani, M.D. [2]; Nate Michalak, B.A.


Acute bronchitis was first described by Charles Badham in 1808. Dr. Rene Laennec described this disease in greater detail in 1821.

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Charles Badham(1780-1845)
  • Acute bronchitis was first described by Charles Badham in 1808 in England. He classified acute bronchitis into three forms by his definition (Br.acuta, asthenica and chronica).[1]
  • In 1821, Dr. Rene Laennec, known as the "father of chest medicine," in part to his invention of the stethoscope, described bronchitis in terms of emphysema and chronic bronchitis.[2]


  1. Klippe HJ, Kirsten D (2009). "[200 years of bronchitis--from 1808 to 2008]". Pneumologie (in German). 63 (4): 228–30. doi:10.1055/s-0028-1119572. PMID 19343614.
  2. terms(2016) on September,13 2016