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September 8, 1962

The Young Investigator and His Fluorescent Antibody

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JAMA. 1962;181(10):889-891. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050360075015

IN AN ESSAY on "Creativity in Science," Lord Adrian has stated: "New ideas in science are induced by new discoveries, and at the present time it seems to me that the most potent factor in promoting new discoveries has been the introduction of some new technique, some new tool which can be used for exploring natural phenomena." This evening we are honoring an immunologist who developed a new technique that proved to be a basic contribution to medical science.

Immunology is not an old discipline; it had its origin in France under Pasteur about 1880. Interest quickly spread to other countries, especially to Germany, where the genius of Ehrlich gave rise to concepts that still attract the attention of present-day immunologists. Within a span of 25 years (1880-1905) there was an explosion of investigations on the host-parasite relationship, during which time research was largely centered on the prevention, diagnosis, and