Studies of asthma deaths : preventable factors Undertreatment with steroids Inappropriate therapy Underestimation of condition by doctor Underestimation of condition by patient Failure to recognise or treat months or weeks prior to acute attack Adverse psychosocial factors

In 1903 Osler wrote: “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 1966 the authors of a popular general medical textbook included the following statement: “Psychological influences play some part in nearly every asthmatic and quite often they appear to be mainly… (More)