A Brief History of Neurodermatitis

In ancient times, neurodermatitis was considered as a manifestation of internal diseases, and relatively accurately eczema was first described around 400 BC. At the same time, the famous philosopher Democritus is credited with the following statement: “… eczema begins in the mouth in late autumn. Therefore, in the spring one should eat vegetables, cleanse the intestines and, which is especially important for young people, drink undiluted wine.
True, with regard to undiluted wine (as before, as now), a certain restraint is recommended.

Descriptions and advice concerning eczema are later found in Bacchaeus of Tanagra ( c . 200 B.C.) and in the famous physicians of antiquity, Galen and Dioscorides . Interesting methods of treatment are offered by the ancient physician Aelius from Amida: “From female diseases, from scab, depriving, from eczema that appears in winter, lily oil helps …”

The first is typically atonic (see below) family history (family history of the disease), including neurodermatitis, allergic bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis, came to us from Ancient Rome and belonged to the Julio-Claudian dynasty, namely: to the Roman emperors Augustus and Claudius. Galen), there are tips to treat eczema with tar. In the first German recipe book Dispensatorium Valeriy Cordi ” (Nuremberg, 1546) also describes the method of “tar treatment”.

In the Middle Ages and at the beginning of modern times, neurodermatitis was known under various names. The first clear scientific description of the disease was given in 1780 by Bateman . But even in subsequent years, scientists and doctors dealing with this issue had very different ideas about the causes of the disease. Even today, along with many others, there are three main names for this disease: in the North American region, the term “atopic dermatitis” is mainly used, in Europe – “endogenous eczema”, and also “neurodermatitis” .

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