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April 1925

The Chemical Aspects of Immunity.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1925;35(4):534. doi:10.1001/archinte.1925.00120100132015

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This monograph by Wells has been written not only with the purpose of summarizing the subject matter included by the title but also for serving as a guide to the literature concerned. The introductory chapter states the reasons for regarding immunologic reactions as chemical processes, and defines briefly the terms commonly used. Then follow chapters on antigens, immunologic specificity, the nature of antibodies, the neutralization of toxin by antitoxin, agglutination and precipitation reactions, the lytic reactions, the Wassermann reaction and related reactions with syphilitic serum, anaphylaxis, phagocytic immunity, and resistance to nonantigenic poisons. Each chapter is a concise resumé, and includes a large bibliography. A helpful recapitulation by the author summarizes at the end of each chapter the subject matter presented. Dr. Wells' fine ability to analyze and present a subject such as this makes the monograph especially fascinating to read, and the book should be in great demand by

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