oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Educating doctors and patients about allergy : review article

Volume 27, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



Rewind back to 1991: After that pivotal British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) annual congress in London, I was hooked on Allergology! To tell the honest truth, the only reason I attended was because the Clarityne pharmaceutical representative (I think it was Rhone Poulenc Rorer in those days) offered me, as a young Cape Town GP, part-sponsorship to an overseas educational congress of my choice and the bright lights of London took my fancy. I felt obligated to at very least attend the first day's lectures and then go on my merry sight-seeing way. But I became completely transfixed by this strange new science called Allergology. I found it was impossible to leave the congress proceedings. I attended every lecture and every available workshop, absorbing all the fascinating clinical information which was completely new to me, fantastic hypotheses as to why we develop allergies, ground breaking scientific discoveries (in those days) such as "adhesion molecules" and the "eosinophilic inflammatory cascade". I studied all the posters displayed in detail and took copious notes. I was hooked, totally addicted to Allergology.

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