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October 31, 1936

Die Grundlagen der unspezifischen Therapie

JAMA. 1936;107(18):1496. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770440072035

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German investigators are still much interested in the physiology and chemistry of foreign protein therapy. In this monograph Weichardt concerns himself chiefly with a summary of his own investigations and a critical review of the contributions of other workers to the subject. The bibliography is chiefly German, but it must be admitted that most of the fundamental studies in this field have been made by German investigators. In the introduction the author says he often hears the remark "Concerning nonspecific therapy, one knows nothing," whereas the speaker would have been more accurate if he had said "Concerning nonspecific therapy, I know nothing." Certainly no one can read this erudite treatise on nonspecific treatment without realizing the great amount of information which has been obtained concerning this problem during the last few years. The author's conception of the biologic principles underlying foreign protein reactions is briefly as follows: He conceives of

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