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August 1951

Serum Sickness.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;88(2):268. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810080136023

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To those physicians who entered medicine a generation ago, Pirquet and Schick's "Die Serumkrankheit" stood out as an exciting and tremendously important advance in certain concepts of disease. Since that day, like all other things in science, the question of hypersensitivity has become an immensely complicated one, and Pirquet's relatively simple and satisfying explanations no longer answer one's queries concerning the intimate mechanisms of allergic phenomena. None the less, to anyone who still appreciates the importance of the historical approach in medicine in an age when the tempo of advances has caused our scientific past to be left behind and largely forgotten, this excellent translation by Dr. Schick will be very welcome.

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