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October 6, 1956

The Nature of Viruses and the Origin of Life

JAMA. 1956;162(6):615. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970230087027

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The author's purpose is to expound a theory by which all the life phenomena might be explained most simply. His theory is founded on the numerous facts that he claims to have discovered and has been advanced by the "researches carried out by other workers." He lists 654 references, including about 30 to his own publications, few of which are less than 15 years old. There is no indication in the book or on its jacket as to the author's academic qualifications or background. The book is arranged in five parts, with a long summary and a list of references at the end of each. Some of the chapter headings are The Key to Solving the Riddle of Life, The Infection of Denaturation, Propagation of Transnaturation in Protoplasm by Viruses, Eczema or Allergic Dermatitis, The Origin of Sexual Reproduction, The Theory of Memory, and The Faculty of Protein to Memorize

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