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Acta Univ Carol Med (Praha). 1990;36(1-4):13-5.

On the history of cystic fibrosis.

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  • 1Medical Center Middle Rostock, G.D.R.


The author presents a short demonstration of details in history of cystic fibrosis. It is supposed that CF appeared about 3,000 BC. Migration of peoples, gene mutations, and new conditions in nourishment could have been the causes. Resulting from old cleaning ceremonies and preventing or treating uncanny effects in children, it was been usual to lick forehead of newborn and children crosswise. If one perceived a salty taste, the child was called bewitched or fascinated and was feared to die soon. The author detected describings in 12 states of modern Europe. Medical documents are reviewed from first case report until Carl von Rokitansky in 1838.

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