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Sunday, 25 September 2011


King William III suffered from an irritating asthmatic cough. The English monarch’s asthma was badly  affected by the dank London river air so he moved to Hampton Court not long after his accession.

Charles Dickens suffered from asthma. He found relief from his "chest troubles" only with opium, a popular asthma remedy of his day. Mr. Omer, one of the asthmatic characters in his autobiographical novel, David Copperfield, reflected Dickens's own suffering.

President Teddy Roosevelt was given strong coffee and puffs of cigar as a child to 'help' with his asthma.

President Coolidge suffered from asthma and because he mistrusted physicians, he treated himself with newly developed medicines and breathed chlorine released into the air of a closed room in vain attempts to ease his condition.

As a sickly infant, Leonard Bernstein the composer of West Side Story, sometimes turned blue from asthma. He became a prodigious pianist, conductor, composer, and lecturer, although he suffered from asthma throughout his life. Audiences often heard him wheezing above the orchestra.

The actor Martin Freeman, star of Sherlock and The Hobbit, had asthma as a child and would sometimes faint when singing and dancing for his family. They initially believed it was part of his act.

Paula Radcliffe, the current women's world record holder for fastest marathon, is an asthmatic.

A British woman with asthma coughed so violently that one of her lungs slipped out of her chest between two of her ribs.

World-wide 180,000 people die of asthma every year.

Asthma affects one in fifteen children under the age of eighteen.

Regular coffee drinkers have about one-third less asthma symptoms than those non-coffee drinkers.

In Imogiri, Indonesia, eating fruit bat meat is thought to cure asthma.

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