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Theresa MacPhail (Allen Lane)

WHILE driving through his New Hampshire hometown one August morning in 1996, 47-year-old salesman James MacPhail was stung by a bee – and died.

He hadn’t known that he was allergic to bees, but, having been stung a few weeks previously, his immune system recognised the threat and redoubled its response, creating fatal anaphylactic shock.

His daughter Theresa wondered at the paradox of having such a strong physical response that “in …


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