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November 7, 1959

Immunopathology: 1st International Symposium

JAMA. 1959;171(10):1437. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010280161042

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The 50 investigators, immunologists, immunopathologists, immunochemists, and clinicians who participated in this symposium in 1958 talked on inflammation, properdin, agammaglobulinemia, organ-specific immunopathology, rheumatoid arthritis, and disseminated lupus erythematosus. Some of the world's leading authorities in these new and rapidly growing fields of medical research are represented in this volume. The session was opened by Witebsky with a scholarly and sparkling sketch of the history of immunopathology, and he spoke again on his own pioneering contributions in the role of autosensitization in thyroid disease. Another American investigator, Good, spoke on agammaglobulinemia, the condition with which his name is intimately connected. Most of the other speakers were of similarly high caliber. The bulk of the book is taken up by inflammation and lupus erythematosus (160 and 150 pages respectively). For those who did not attend this symposium, reading this well-edited and documented account of what must have been an exciting and stimulating

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