The first written account of pneumonia dates back to Hippocrates (460–370 BC) in Greece, according to News Medical. However, Hippocrates referred to it as a disease named by the ancients, so the disease was known even before his time.Know More
Edwin Klebs is credited with the discovery in 1875 of bacteria in the airways of deceased pneumonia patients, states News Medical. Carl Friedlander and Albert Frankel identified two strains of bacterial pneumonia in 1882 and 1884, respectively.
The Centers of Disease Control lists the more recent discovery of Mycoplasma pneumoniae, an atypical form of the disease, as occurring in 1944.
Hippocrates' account not only named pneumonia, but also described its symptoms such as pain and cough and the color and consistence of mucous, News Medical states.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases
The pneumonia vaccine lasts a lifetime for most people, according to Health Alliance Plan of Michigan. Booster shots are recommended at different intervals for people with certain medical conditions or occupational hazards.Full Answer >
American Lung Association indicates pneumonia is a lung infection caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses. The condition is not a single disease and has more than 30 different causes. Influenza is the most common cause of viral pneumonia in adults, and respiratory viruses cause one-third of all pneumonia cases in the United States, as of October 2014.Full Answer >
Double pneumonia, defined by Medicine Net as a pneumonia infection in at least one lung lobe in both the right and left lungs, is quite serious and potentially lethal. Any persistent respiratory illness should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.Full Answer >
Individuals contract pneumonia when their noses and airways or immune systems fail to filter germs and those germs enter and infect the lungs. The American Lung Association points out that pneumonia is not a single disease and can have multiple causes, including the flu virus and respiratory syncytial virus.Full Answer >