June 1960

The Clonal Selection Theory of Acquired Immunity.

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The 1958 Abraham Flexner Lectures. By Sir Macfarlane Burnet. Price, $5. Pp. 209, with a few charts. Vanderbilt University Press, Kirkland Hall, Nashville 5, Tenn., 1959.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(6):973-974. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270180151020

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Abraham Flexner died last year. His name and memory are memorialized in an annual award for contributions to medical education given by the American Association of Medical Colleges and the Abraham Flexner Lectures given biennially at Vanderbilt University. Usually some distinguished foreign visitor is in residence for two months at Vanderbilt and joins intimately in the life of the students and faculty. Sir Macfarlane Burnet is the eighteenth holder of the Flexner Lectureship which was begun in 1928. His contributions add luster to the many distinguished medical scientists who have preceeded him. Sir Macfarlane is one of the most distinguished biologists of our time. His studies have illuminated many parts of virology, immunology, and epidemiology. Not only has he made classic contributions to our knowledge of influenza viruses and bacteriophages but he has been able to develop broad conceptual views of his work which have applications and implications far beyond

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