Allergy Asthma Respir Dis.  2018 Sep;6(Suppl 1):S85-S89. 10.4168/aard.2018.6.S1.S85.

Allergic disease-related articles in Korean newspapers (1920–1972 year)

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Sowha Children's Hospital, Seoul, Korea.


This study aimed to investigate which Korean newspaper articles were reported on allergic diseases before the establishment of the Korean Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology (KAAACI).
This study was performed in 3 newspapers, Chosun Ilbo, DongA Ilbo, and JoongAng Ilbo, which were founded and used the databases established before the establishment of KAAACI in 1972. The databases were searched using 42 keywords associated with allergic diseases (allergy, asthma, rhinitis, etc.).
Among the 42 keywords, there were only 7 that were able to search: allergy, urticaria, asthma, dermatitis, rhinitis, pollen and eczema. The total number of articles related to allergic diseases were 62, as follows: allergy (n=21), urticaria (n=15), asthma (n=8), dermatitis (n=8), rhinitis (n=5), pollen (n=3), and eczema (n=2). There were 31 articles in Chosun Ilbo, 9 in DongA Ilbo, and 22 in JoongAng Ilbo. The first allergic disease published in the newspapers was asthma on the article entitled "Treat the cause of asthma" (on page 8 of November 10, 1960 DongA Ilbo). The first article that used the term allergy appeared in a column entitled, "Childhood illness and allergy" (on page 4 of May 30, 1960 DongA Ilbo).
Since 1920, articles related to allergic diseases published in the Korean newspapers increased every year. These articles may have appeared due to the increase in the prevalence of allergic disease and the pioneering efforts of senior allergy researchers.


Allergy; Asthma; History; Korea; Newspaper
Full Text Links
  • AARD
export Copy
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
Similar articles
Copyright © 2021 by Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors. All rights reserved.     E-mail: