The term allergy was introduced in 1906 by Clemens von Pirquet. Clemens published in German In the Munchen Med Wehnscher 1906;3 . 24 July. He said that a new generalized term was needed which does not prejudice anything but expresses a change in condition which an animal experiences after contact with any organic poison.Referring to serums and people’s reaction to them he stated “For this general concept of a changed reactivity I propose the term Allergy.” At the time Allos implied a deviation from the original state. Pirquet went on to state “The vaccinated, the tuberculous, the individual injected with serum becomes allergic towards the corresponding foreign substance. A foreign substance, which by one or more application stimulates the organism to change in reaction is an Allergen.”
First use of the word Allergy
About the Author: Dr. Summit Shaw
Allergy doctor Summit Shah, MD specializes in allergy diagnosis and treatment that affect both adults and children, including drug allergies, hay fever, asthma, venom allergies, sinus disease, and more. Dr. Shah founded the Allergy Department at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA in Columbus, OH, where he is still an active member of the staff. Dr. Shah also actively practices at Dublin Methodist Hospital, Nationwide Children’s’ Hospital, Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, and Riverside Hospital. His areas of interest are pediatric food allergies and eczema. Dr. Shah, a Columbus native, graduated as valedictorian from Bishop Watterson High School before attending Ohio State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s with Honors. A Buckeye through and through, he stayed at OSU for medical school. After earning his MD from the College of Medicine at Ohio State, Dr. Shah underwent a residency program in Boston as well as a fellowship training program at the renowned Scripps Clinic in San Diego, CA, where he trained under acclaimed experts in allergy and immunology. An allergy doctor by profession, Dr. Shah also enjoys cheering on the Buckeyes, golfing, and scuba diving. Dr Shah resides in Columbus with his wife, who is a graduate of Dublin Coffman high school and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. They have two daughters, Saanvi and Saaya.