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Then came the Hoover

Hugh Pennington: The Allergy Epidemic, 22 June 2006

Allergy: The History of a Modern Malady 
by Mark Jackson.
Reaktion, 288 pp., £25, May 2006, 1 86189 271 3
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... it that the first time such a serum was used to treat a child with diphtheria was on Christmas Eve 1891. The dying child is said to have made a miraculous recovery. This is best regarded as a myth. According to his own account, Behring did not test his serum on humans until 1893. Behring needed more funding to continue his work. He got it from industry, in ...

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