Did you know that Daniel Bovet was born in 1907? He was an Swiss-Italian pharmacologist. A pharmacologist is a scientist that studies how chemicals, such as drugs, interact with and affect the human body. Our brain and body communicate using chemical ‘messengers’ called neurotransmitters. In 1957 Daniel Bovet received the Nobel Prize for his work studying drugs that block certain neurotransmitters. Daniel Bovet is best known for his discovery of antihistamines. Histamine is the ‘messenger’ that causes allergic responses such as itching, sneezing, and runny or stuffy nose. Antihistamine drugs block these messages and are used in allergy medications.
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Daniel Bovet also studied sulfa drugs, chemotherapy drugs, and curare (a natural paralytic).
Daniel Bovet won the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Daniel Bovet was a native Esperanto speaker.
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