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Asthma Treatments in History

In the process of writing Testing Tessa, I learned that asthma is not a recent affliction but has been around for thousands of years. First mentioned in Chinese records around 2600 B.C.,  the disease wasn’t given its current name until around 600 B.C. when Hippocrates linked the symptoms to environmental triggers. He recommended a concoction of owl’s blood and wine to alleviate symptoms, not recognizing that asthma was, in fact, a disease.

Through the years, other cultures attempted other treatments, including heating of herbs on a brick and then inhaling the fumes in 1500 B.C. Pliny the Elder, in 50 B.C., realized pollen was a contributing factor, and prescribed an early predecessor for epinephrine to alleviate breathing problems.

In the late 1800’s, Dr. Henry Salter tried various non-traditional remedies, including sleep; avoidance of opiates; hot, strong coffee; and the conservative use of belladonna. 

In 1892, Sir William Osler, noted the similarities between asthma and other allergic conditions, such as hay fever. As a result, doctors and pharmacies distributed medications to calm airway spasms. 

Once treating the symptoms was recognized as not solving the problem, researchers addressed the cause and long-term management, including strengthening the immune system, avoiding triggers, and enabling the body to repel the auto-immune reactions.

In my book, Tessa’s interest in medicine and her time of medical training in medical school and under the tutelage of a doctor propels her to read and study the latest innovations in medicine. 

About Testing Tess

In 1868, Tessa, a Mennonite nurse graduates from nursing school and is assigned to the Amana Colonies in Iowa because of her expertise in treating asthma and other breathing problems. Will she be able to use her skills? Or will her gender keep her from helping those who truly need her?

Seth, a widower in Amana, is still nursing a broken heart from his sweetheart’s passing two years before. Now raising their invalid son Caleb on his own, he wonders why God didn’t listen to his prayers for healing for his family. Can he trust God and trust medicine, or is faith in one mutually exclusive of faith in the other?  

Check out the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Testing-Tessa-Donna-Schlachter/dp/1943688761

About DonnaDonna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. As a hybrid author, she writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, Pikes Peak Writers, Capital Christian Writers Fellowship, Faith, Hope, and Love Christian Writers, and Christian Authors Network.

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Book Review: Miss Tavistock’s Mistake

Linore Rose Burkard’s first book in The Brides of Mayfair

series, Miss Tavistock’s Mistake, released this month…

Miss Tavistock's Mistake
Miss Tavistock’s Mistake

Can Miss Tavistock’s mistake ever be undone?

Book One of a new series by an award-winning Regency author brings a much-awaited delightful romance in the vein of Heyer. Sweet and clean meets laugh-out-loud in this period romp that’s sure to please romance fans of all ilks.

Check out this review of Miss Tavistock’s Mistake:

Burkard, the author of Forever, Lately (2019), offers a humorous romp about misunderstanding and forgiveness amid the blindness of love.

As the story opens, Feodora Margaret Tavistock is a 9-year-old orphan and the newly adopted ward of her kindly but isolated uncle, the Duke of Trent. She’s rescued from a switch-clutching housekeeper by Gabriel Rempeare, a teenage cousin to whom she’s already betrothed, and she treasures this dashing memory throughout her adolescence.

At 19, she’s a beautiful, spirited woman, and she awaits Gabriel’s return from a stint in the navy. However, a series of misunderstandings lead her to believe that he’s dissolute and unfaithful. A combative exchange culminates in her assumption of another identity, “Lady X,” a gossip columnist’s moniker for Margaret Chrissendon, her uncle’s alleged mistress. Feodora finds herself thrust into a web of obfuscation, reluctantly supported by her chaperon, Mrs. Filbert. She’s still determined to pursue a social season in London, and she attempts to convince Gabriel that she truly is “Lady X”—and she also gives Margaret permission to assume her identity. It’s a tenuous arrangement, and as Feodora and Gabriel fall in love, she fears that the truth will end her chance to be his bride.

Over the course of this lighthearted, romantic series starter, Burkard combines elements of Sense and Sensibility and The Importance of Being Earnest to craft a delightful and comedic story that will certainly please historical fiction aficionados and those who enjoy wholesome, romantic stories. Burkard has also clearly done her research to immerse the reader in real-life historical context, including true events in the background to her light narrative. The book’s romantic tension, lush environments, and light comedy combine to provide readers with a sweet, heartwarming reading experience.

A clever tale that’s sure to delight fans of historical romance. ~ Kirkus Reviews

Linore Rose Burkard, Author
Linore Rose Burkard, Author

Linore Rose Burkard is a serious watcher of period films, a Janeite, and hopeless romantic. Best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, Linore also writes contemporary romance and YA/Suspense.  Linore has a magna cum laude English Lit. degree from CUNY which she earned while taking herself far too seriously. She now resides in Ohio with her husband and children, where she turns her youthful angst into character or humor-driven plots.

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