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June 11, 1904

Immune Sera. Hemolysins, Cytotoxins and Precipitins.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(24):1586. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490690054023

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Wassermann takes up the principles and theories of action of the immune sera, and writes especially for those who are so busily occupied in practical medicine that they have no time to follow the intricate experiments on which these principles and theories rest. Consequently experimental details are omitted and the subject is presented in a consecutive readable form, the style of which has in no way suffered by the translation. The hemolytic sera are given especial consideration; they are of great importance inasmuch as many of the principles of immunity have been worked out in connection with them. The Ehrlich side-chain theory, and the various terms used in connection with immunity, such as amboceptor, complement, anticomplement, etc., are given lucid expositions. A second section treats of other cytotoxic sera, such as those derived by immunization with leucocytes, or nervous tissue; reference is made to possible practical application of such sera.

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