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October 7, 1968

Clemens von Pirquet: His Life and Work

JAMA. 1968;206(2):380. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150020096039

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This meticulous biography introduces a man whose name is only vaguely familiar to most readers. Yet von Pirquet introduced the tuberculin test and made important contributions to the theory of allergy. The narrative is interesting, but the account of von Pirquet's research is uncompromisingly technical.