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October 26, 1940

Traité de l'immunité dans les maladies infectieuses

JAMA. 1940;115(17):1479. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810430069033

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The first edition of this valuable textbook on immunity appeared about 1920. Besides being brought entirely down to date, the volume has acquired 160 additional pages. The reference publications cover both those of the Old and those of the New World, attesting the author's broad acquaintance with the literature. The introduction points out that life is maintained by an equilibrium continually menaced in which correlation of functions is rarely perfect but defects are corrected by various phenomena of adaptation. Immunity in its various aspects is analyzed and its importance in the progress of science pointed out.

The book is divided into four appropriate parts: The first considers generalities such as infection and the factors of virulence, taking up variously the nature and properties of microbial poisons, endotoxins, anatoxins, vegetable toxins, animal poisons and the mechanism of intoxication, followed by variations of virulence, variations, R and S inequalities, variabilities of metabolism

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