Originally from Berlin, Max Samter immigrated to the United States before World War II and soon became a leader of American allergology. He was president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology 1958-59 and was honored in 1982 as Allergist of the Year by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. He helped establish the International Association of Allergology in the 1950s.

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