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August 26, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVII(9):684-685. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590090038014

In an address to the students of the University of Amsterdam several years ago, Metchnikoff, to whom we owe the fundamental contributions to our knowledge of the relation of phagocytes to disease, remarked:

We are only at the beginning. When the physiology of the phagocytes is better understood, methods will be sought to promote the activity of these elements in the fight against microbes, and efforts will be made to protect important cells of the body against phagocytic attack.1

In these days, when the scientific labors and fascinating theories of this recently deceased biologist are being discussed in popular as well as in professional journals, it may be fitting to refer to some of the more recent contributions to the knowledge of the phagocytes. Among them an unusual interest is attached to the investigations at the University of Groningen under the leadership of Hamburger.2

In continuance of his

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