Early Chinese texts contain extensive disease descriptions, including various texts that contain descriptions of modernday conditions. During the Sui Dynasty, a leading scholar, Chao Yuanfang, may have authored a leading treatise 1400 years ago. Although these texts are the subject of ongoing research, evidence suggests that a clinical syndrome consistent with pertussis was observed in ancient China.
Asian History | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Yan Liang, Abdulbaset M. Salim, Wendy Wu, Paul E. Kilgore, Chao Yuanfang: Imperial Physician of the Sui Dynasty and an Early Pertussis Observer?, Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Volume 3, Issue 1, Winter 2016, ofw017, https://doi.org/10.1093/ofid/ofw017