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June 24, 1944

Maurice Arthus' Philosophy of Scientific Investigation: Preface to De l'anaphylaxie à l'immunité, Paris, 1921

JAMA. 1944;125(8):601. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850260075031

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In the introduction to this reprint Dr. Sigerist gives a brief but impressive account of Maurice Arthus as a teacher and experimental physiologist. The preface, which is ably translated, eloquently advocates the methods and principles of experimental research introduced by Claude Bernard, practiced by Louis Pasteur and by Arthus himself. Arthus felt compelled to do all he could to pass these methods and principles on to his students and followers. His analysis of the experimental method, his insistence on thoroughness, independence and originality will guide and sustain the beginner in research. It is fortunate that "this unique piece of medical literature" now is easily available.

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