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April 1922


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By Prof. J. Danysz. Translated by Francis M. Rackemann, M.D. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1921.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1922;29(4):554. doi:10.1001/archinte.1922.00110040153012

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The subtitle of Professor Danysz' book, which is "A Discussion of the Immune Reactions Occurring in Infectious and Noninfectious Disease. A Theory of Immunity, of Anaphylaxis and of Antianaphylaxis," indicates, in a general way, the scope of the subject matter. In effect, it is an argument for the selective rather than the specific action in the process of immunity and anaphylaxis. Throughout most of the book the reviewer follows the argument with considerable interest. As long as the discussion is largely theoretical, in spite of the fact that it is an illustration of special pleading, and that it is somewhat involved with specialized terms, the argument is somewhat convincing. The effect of the illustrative cases reported by Professor Danysz, many of which are tactfully omitted by the translator, is, however, to shake the confidence in the earlier theoretic discussion. The results from the administration of a bacterial vaccine derived from

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