History of any subject is always interesting so is of allergy.
Chinese physicians who used dried scabs of small pox to prevent this dreaded disease by inhalation.
Hippocrates , the father of modern medicine has made some speculations in allergy
Lucratius remarked two thousand years ago, “Differences are so great that one man’s meat is another man’s poison”.
Edward Jenner is usually regarded to father of Immunology. He injected material from cowpox to a boy followed by small pox inculcation deliberately
The word “Allergy” was coined by von Pirquet in 1906 meaning ‘altered reactivity’.
Intradermal allergy testing was described first by Lewis and Grant in 1926 but Jack Pepys popularized it in 1970
Shivpuri DN. is considered to be father of Indian allergy and immunology.
Interesting Piece of History
This knowledge was exploited to achieve political aim by King Richard III who knew that he developed Urticaria with strawberries. He arranged this fruit to be served to him in a banquet, which was attended by his archenemy. When he broke out the spectacular rash, he accused his guest of attempted poisoning, and needless to say, the guest was summarily executed.