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December 22, 1956

Jews in the World of Science: A Biographical Dictionary of Jews Eminent in the Natural and Social Sciences

JAMA. 1956;162(17):1580. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970340070028

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Abstract

In his preface Dr. Cohen quotes the famous statement of Pasteur to the effect that "la science n'a pas de patrie." He then proceeds to argue not only that science can have a father-land but also that it can belong to a definite group—in this instance the Jews. There are tributes to Albert Einstein, Chaim Weizmann, Jonas E. Salk, and others. It apparently did not occur to the writer that, were it not for the great Ehrlich, also a Jew, there would be no Salk. The founder of the science of immunity, Ehrlich, is not mentioned anywhere in the volume and neither is Metchnikoff, who first described phagocytosis. On the other hand the names of physicians, whose only contribution to science was that they were born Jews, are included. The value of this opus to science, and for that matter to the Jews as a group, may be questioned in

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