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October 1975

Confessions of an Immunotheologian

Author Affiliations

From the Clinical Immunology Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY.

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(10):1335-1337. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330100061009

In pondering the composition of a few closing remarks to this symposium, I was faced with a small dilemma. Although the program lists me as a discussant of John Vaughan's very interesting presentation, I realized that my personal credentials in the area of lymphocyte function and membrane recognition were limited. (Besides, John did not provide me with an advance copy of his manuscript!) Furthermore, any attempt to recount some of my own work on erythrocyte autoantibodies would surely be an anticlimax after Professor Dacie's masterful review.

Instead, in a lighter vein, I have chosen to briefly share with you a few personal experiences of investigative opportunism in a once obscure branch of immunology known to insiders as "immunotheology." Accordingly, I have titled my remarks "Confessions of an Immunotheologian."

When I was a novice in the brotherhood of immunologists from 1959 to 1962, "immunotheology" was my designation for those fields of