Aeropalynology in the service of Polish allergology - a historical perspective

Source: Spiewak R. Aeropalinologia w sluzbie polskiej alergologii - rys historyczny. Alergia Astma Immunologia 1999; 4 (1): 3-5.


In 1999, the 60th anniversary of publishing the first paper devoted to pollinosis in the Polish medical press is to be celebrated. The first scientist to undertake research regarding this problem in Poland was Mieczyslaw Obtulowicz in Krakow (Cracow) just before the outbreak of World War II. After the war, research on this topic was resumed again in Krakow in the 1960s. In the next decade, studies by other researchers at different locations in Poland were initiated. At present, palynology for the purposes of allergology is developing very rapidly. In this paper, the history of developing aeropalynology for the purposes of allergology has been outlined from its beginning to the period of its rapid development in 1990s.

Key words: aerobiology, palynology, allergology, pollinosis, history of medicine, Poland.

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