JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
J. Meyer1 has made the observation that extracts of muscular
tissue of Egyptian mummies give positive results when mixed with precipitating
serum of rabbits immunized with human serum. One of the mummies is said to
be about five thousand years old. This result serves to establish that the
biologic test is applicable to material several thousand years old. On this
account it is suggested that this test may prove of value in the study of
certain problems in anthropology at the same time as the theoretical and purely
scientific interest in specific precipitation certainly increases as its range
of applicability widens.
BIOLOGIC TEST OF MUMMIES BY SPECIFIC PRECIPITATION.. JAMA. 2004;291(18):2264. doi:10.1001/jama.291.18.2264-a