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July 17, 1926

The Chemical Aspects of Immunity.

JAMA. 1926;87(3):193. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680030057030

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This volume is one of a series of monographs published under the auspices of the American Chemical Society, with a view to founding an American chemical literature without primary regard to commercial considerations. The author has dedicated this work to Drs. H. T. Ricketts and Richard Weil, pioneers in the field of immunology. The book begins properly with an explanation of the terms used in this new field. It then takes up the chemical character of antigens and antibodies of various types, leading to a consideration of the specificity of these substances and of the diagnostic reactions that have been developed in recent years. Final chapters concern the phenomena of addiction and defense against narcotic and organic poisons. The subject is so technical that it could hardly be considered in a manner understandable to the man on the street. Dr. Wells has attempted rather to direct his thesis to the

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