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June 7, 1965

Basic Research Discussed at Penn Symposium

JAMA. 1965;192(10):35. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080230145052

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Does arteriosclerosis or atherosclerosis represent more than a single disease entity?

Why do barbiturates set off attacks of acute intermittent porphyria?

Can small rather than massive doses of antigen induce specific unresponsiveness in adults akin to natural immunological tolerance?

What is the mechanism of energy transformation in the generation of bioelectricity?

These were among the questions discussed during two days of scientific conferences during the University of Pennsylvania's observance of the 200th anniversary of its School of Medicine.

The participants, well-known names in research in the United States and abroad—including three Nobel prize winners—drew peak, standing-room-only audiences to the 900-seat, brick-dome auditorium of the University Museum. Conference topics were energy metabolism; molecular disease; cardiovascular surgery; and problems of tissue transplantation.

Michael E. De Bakey, MD, Baylor University, told his audience that although the etiology of arteriosclerosis or atherosclerosis remains undetermined, expanding and highly successful developments in vascular surgery are leading

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