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August 18, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(16):1600. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970160080024

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The book is divided into two parts, each with its own bibliography. In the first part, entitled Principles of Immunity, the author endeavors to develop his theory concerning the nature of antibodies and the relationship between antibodies, enzymes, and viruses. In the second part, entitled Immunological Reactions, the author considers specific immunologic reactions, such as the precipitin reaction and complement fixation, and attempts to explain these in the light of the theories he has advanced in the first part. The book is essentially a speculative treatise on the basic aspects of immunology. Specific diseases are not considered. The author has read widely and thought a great deal about the ultimate basis for immunologic reactions. Although his views are interesting and may be correct, it should be fully realized that they are oftentimes speculative and not factually substantiated. Essentially, the author believes that all immunologic reactions derive from structural changes in

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