Allan Becker [MD/69] was a young family doctor in Dauphin, Man., when he personally experienced how alarming a child’s episode of asthma can be.
His eldest child, Pam, born in 1971, had her first acute asthma attack as a baby. “She was coughing and wheezing and in distress,” recalls the Regina-born physician, now a U of M professor of pediatrics and child health. “It’s scary for the kid, and scary for the parents.
“A major reason that I went back to university to train in pediatrics, and then in allergy and clinical immunology, was my experience as a parent. But also, the ’70s were the decade when the modern epidemic of asthma really began. I was seeing more and more kids who needed better approaches to treatment.”