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Emil Adolf von Behring
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Doctor
    (March 15, 1854-March 31, 1917)
    Born in Hansdorf, Germany (now Lawice, Poland)
    Birth name was Adolf Emil Behring
    Army physician and immunologist
    Discovered antitoxins for diphtheria and tetanus
    Received the first Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1901)
    Ennobled as a baron (1901)
    He suffered bouts of depression severe enough to require hospitalization.
    At age 42, he married the 18-year-old daughter of a hospital director.
    His initial treatment of patients with diphtheria antitoxin had inconsistent effects until Paul Ehrlich developed a method to standardize the antitoxin.
    He has been accused of downplaying Ehrlich's contribution to developing diphtheria antitoxin, possibly costing Ehrlich a share of the first Nobel Prize in Medicine.
    He funded much of his early research into diphtheria out of his own pocket.
    He was nicknamed 'the savior of children' for creating a treatment for diphtheria, which had been a major cause of childhood deaths.
    He was one of the few people to have been awarded both the French Legion of Honor and the German Iron Cross. (The latter being awarded in recognition of the number of soldiers' lives saved by his tetanus antitoxin.)

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