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Friday, September 28, 2007

Rest in Peace Dr. George Rieveschl

Who is George Rieveschl? Turns out that Rieveschl who died yesterday at age 91 was the inventor of Benadryl, the first prescription antihistamine. Sadly, I'll admit I hadn't heard of him before reading in this mornings newspaper of his passing. I assumed Benadryl like most drugs these days was the result of a collaborative effort. Well, Benadryl is an exception as it was created by a local boy while working at the School of Medicine at his alma mater the University of Cincinnati. People who suffer from allergies owe a debt of gratitude to this man they have probably never heard of before. Future generations may owe him a different debt as one of his last acts was giving a million dollars to the UC School of Medicine for research.

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Blogger lilyness said...

We were honored to know Dr. Rieveschl, as a wonderful extremely bright, but down to Earth person. I sat next to him one night at the Symphony, and felt that each note was moving through and out of his body - what an electrifying experience. He told me once how he rode the streetcar downtown with his mother and she would always stop at Japps Hair Store where she would look longingly at the hair pieces, but could never afford them. Not an aristocrat bone in his body as far as I could ever see, but what a gift to humanity.

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Blogger LargeBill said...

Lilyness,

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I wish I had the opportunity to meet the good doctor. Your description makes him sound like a good down to Earth sort of guy.

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