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JAMA Dermatology a Century Ago
September 2014

The Indefensible Defense Enzyme

JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(9):928. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.260

It was amazing what you could get away with just by being in the medical community.

Augusten Burroughs, Running With Scissors, 2002

Medicine does not exist in a vacuum. A pristine white coat can cover up naked ambition. The search for universal truths can be led astray by racism, bigotry, and jingoistic hubris. Perhaps no story in the history of medicine illustrates these sorry truths better than that of Emil Abderhalden and his amazing, imaginary defense enzymes.

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