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Altounyan, Roger (Ernest Collingwood)

asthma sodium allergic drug

al toon yan] (1922–87) British medical pioneer; introducer of the anti-asthma drug sodium cromoglycate.

Of Irish–Armenian and English parentage, he was also the grandson of W G Collingwood (1854–1932), the friend and biographer of John Ruskin (1819–1900). Roger Altounyan was born in Syria, but spent summer holidays sailing in the Lake District with his sisters. Here the family met Arthur Ransome (1884–1967) and became the model for his Swallows and Amazons children’s books. Roger’s asthma, however, was fact as well as fiction. He studied medicine, and practised it at the Armenian Hospital in Aleppo run by his father and grandfather. In 1956 he returned to England and joined a pharmaceutical company. He was concerned that asthma was not taken seriously and determined to find a cure. For the next 10 years he worked in his own time testing compounds on himself, inducing asthma attacks two or three times a week with a brew of guinea pig hair, to which he was allergic, almost certainly to the detriment of his own health. Compound 670, sodium cromoglycate, has been much used to prevent attacks of allergic asthma and rhinitis. The Spinhaler device he invented to inhale the drug was based on aircraft propellers; he had been a pilot and flying instructor during the war.

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over 4 years ago

Petitioning Mr. Neil MacGregor
The British Museum: Stop the Misrepresentation of Armenian Heritage as "Ancient Turkey"


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Gagik Avagyan
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over 4 years ago

Altounyan, Roger (Ernest Collingwood) - Asthma, Sodium, Cromoglycate, and Allergic - JRank Articles http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/articles/pages/2971/Altounyan-Roger-Ernest-Collingwood.html#ixzz2PVFV8ges

Read Another insult to Armenian...Even in the code not written Armenian
The hospital was created my Altounyan ..and called Altounyan Hospital
The same story of Damiadian
* Raymond V. Damadian, inventor of the Magnetic Resonance (MR) scanning machine, was born in Forest Hills, New York in 1936. He studied violin at the Julliard School of Music in New York for eight years before winning a scholarship, at age 16, to the University of Wisconsin. There he received a BS in mathematics in 1956 and then turned to medicine, earning an MD in 1960 from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, NY).
After his internship, residency, and Fellowships at Washington University and Harvard, Dr. Damadian served for some time in the Air Force, then joined the faculty of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. There, his research into sodium and potassium in living cells led him to his first experiments with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), which caused him to first propose the MR body scanner in 1969.

Professor/ Dr. Raymond V. Damadian: The American pioneer in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). His discovery was original work, unfairly judged by the Nobel Committee, ending controversially in him not winning the Nobel Prize.

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over 4 years ago

Please we have enough insult from Britishers
You can not put Roger Altounyan's name including his mother, she was not a doctor neither she build a hospital in 19th century ...She arrived from Syria to live with her clever husband...Roger's father
Another insult to Armenians ...We discovered that British Museum ...Write on a room which is filled with Armenian heritage before Christ as an 'Ancient Turkey'...And we collected enough voice to write against them...Seljuk -Tatars uncivilized race invaded Armenian and destroyed its civilization since 11th century...As I wrote vanished our Churches and Khach-Kars...(cross-stones) killed my grandfather and his kin...Still we have many lands there...
If you interested find my name and read my poems about endless genocide...It is in Amazon books and many places ...I don't need to advertise myself ...I need you to have some knowledge who are the Armenians...Born 5000 years before Christ...Before britishers knew what is religion ...how they can build Domes and Altars...!!!thanks for reading...!!!
Sylva Portoian,MD

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over 4 years ago

Being a Pediatrician, knowing well Roger's origin and using his inhalers daily; as many scientists wrote, that he deserved 'Nobel Prize' but they did not give him because he was from ancient Armenian minorities,
Not American...Not European...!!!
I am really astonished to divide Altounyan surname to many syllables...I can't understand the reason...!
Who advised you to do it... is utterly wrong...
Altoun is a Turkish word which means gold (In Armenian voski..Most Armenian surnames are Turkified since Seljuk-Tatars entered Armenian Highland (this is its real name not Anatolia...where mount Ararat exists with Van lake, Kars Mush, Erzrum, Sasoon...etc...
He was a real inventor nothing to do with his mother being Irish or English...His DNA is real Armenian from a famous talented family, Roger is carrying their Y- chromosome before Christ...!!!
There are 2 million Armenian Turkified in Turkey (lost their religion, faith, culture, language...etc
There are 2600 Churches, Monasteries, Schools...
most destroyed or modified to Mosques...I am sorry to know you have so little information about Armenians...
Altounyan family arrived to Aleppo from genocide before 1915...There were many genocides before that...!!!
Anyone using inhalers should remember Roger Altounyan the inventor...I prescribe daily at least 10 in my clinic...!!!
The company (Galaxo and Beecham) should send free inhalers to Armenians in Yerevan but do they do...? They only know how to gain money eat and drink till death...!!! Sylva Portoian, MD, MSc, MFCM. FRCP.CH (UK)

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over 5 years ago

I was senior lab. tech working with Roger Altounyan when he devised his SPINHALER.
He asked me to make a mock-up from his drawing and this I did using a sawn-off boiling tube, a cork, a pin and a propeller cut from tin foil.
The thing worked wel enough for Roger to try on himself. The first ever Spinhaler.