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June 1986

Paul Ehrlich

Author Affiliations

Arlington Mental Health Center Arlington, VA 22205

Arch Neurol. 1986;43(6):544. doi:10.1001/archneur.1986.00520060008008

To the Editor.  —While reading Dr Goldblatt's thoughtful letter concerning Paul Ehrlich and 606 in the February Archives, I was reminded of a passage in Martha Marquardt's2 biography of that extraordinary scientist, whose contributions extend far beyond salvarsan. She quotes from Ehrlich's obituary notice by Professor Arnold Berliner as follows: At the dawn of history, so Goethe tells us, men held a solemn and sometimes terrifying belief. They imagined their ancestors seated in silent communion in great caves in a circle of thrones. When a new soul entered this company, they would stand and bow to welcome him, if he was worthy enough. The ancestors are the great men whose services to humanity are recorded in the Book of Eternity. We can be sure that they will bow deeply in profound veneration to the man now entering their presence.

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