Allergy and Immunology Trivia

Thucydides (Athens, 5th century BC) first mentioned immunity to an infection that he called "plague"

Bust of Thucydides residing in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Image source: Wikipedia, public domain.

Who was the boy who received the first vaccine by Edward Jenner in 1796? James Phipps

1802 caricature of Jenner vaccinating patients who feared it would make them sprout cowlike appendages. Image source: Wikipedia, public domain.

When does adaptive immunity (antibodies, T and B lymphocytes) appear in evolution? Vertebrates.

What species has the most immunoglobulin types? Homo sapiens (human) has 9 immunoglobulin types: IgG (1-4), IgA (1-2), IgM, IgE, IgD (GAMED)

What is the first immunoglobulin to appear in evolution? IgM, in jawed vertebrates.

Discoverer of phagocytosis, Mechnikov, made 2 unsuccessful suicide attempts (1875, 1880), then won the Nobel prize in 1908

Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov, Nobel Prize in Medicine (1908). Image source: Wikipedia, public domain.

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