Medicine: Yokohama Asthma

When G.I.s and their dependents began to show up at the U.S. Army Hospital in Yokohama with asthma, the medics expected it to be the same old complaint. But the case histories were consistently different. Patient after patient reported that during his first fall or winter in Yokohama he had a persistent cold. Exertion made him gasp for breath, but he did not worry about this until he awoke, usually between 1 and 3 a.m., terrified because he thought he was suffocating. The next year, these cases got worse, and many became uncontrollable, the patients bordering on collapse. Also, the doctors...

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