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Book and Media Reviews
June 7, 2006

von Behring

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(21):2539-2543. doi:10.1001/jama.295.21.2539-b

Emil Behring (the honorific title “von” was awarded him by the German Emperor in 1901) was a giant of early immunology, ranking with Koch, Pasteur, Roux, Ehrlich, Metchnikoff, and others. His main and most important contribution was serum therapy of diphtheria and tetanus, which brought him the Nobel Prize in 1901 (the first Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology) “for his works in serum therapy and especially its use against diphtheria” and countless other awards and honors.

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