The history of mast cell and basophil research – some lessons learnt from the last century

@article{Blank2013TheHO,
  title={The history of mast cell and basophil research – some lessons learnt from the last century},
  author={Ulrich Blank and Franco H Falcone and Gunnar P Nilsson},
  journal={Allergy},
  year={2013},
  volume={68},
  pages={1093 - 1101}
}
This year (2013) marks the 50th anniversary of death of Otto Carl Willy Prausnitz (1876–1963) and Heinz Küstner (1897–1963). The two physicians, when working at the Hygiene Institute at the University of Breslau, Germany (Prausnitz was the Head of the Institute), described in 1921 what is still called today the Prausnitz–Küstner or PK reaction showing that allergy could be transferred from the allergic person by transferring serum to a healthy person. Their discovery ended the belief that an… 

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