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A spot of Savin: The man who was allergic to aeroplanes

An elderly dermatologist, now long retired, told me recently about a politician who had come to believe that he was allergic to aeroplanes. I could just remember seeing the man in question on television, many years ago, offering a flow of self-righteous sound bites that were popular with producers. At first sight his aeroplane allergy theory seemed implausible – little better than that of another patient who felt he was allergic to leather. 'I must be,' he insisted, 'every time I wake up with my shoes on, I've got a hell of a headache.'
Dermatology in practice 2000; 8(5): 31–31
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