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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]


Bronchitis was first described by Charles Badham in 1808. Rene Laennec, described COPD in details and categorized it as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Historical Perspective

  • Bronchitis was first described by Charles Badham in 1808 in England. He classified acute bronchitis to three forms by his definition (Br. acuta, asthenica and chronica)[1]
  • In 1821, Dr. Rene Laennec, known as the father of chest medicine, thanks in part to his invention of the stethoscope, described bronchitis in terms of emphysema and chronic bronchitis[2]
  • John Hutchinson, by inventing Spirometer in 1846, established a new era for diagnosis of lung diseases by measuring the lung capacities


  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

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