A History of Immunology

A History of Immunology

1st Edition - April 28, 1989

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  • Author: Arthur Silverstein
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080925837

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This is a professional-level intellectual history of the development of immunology from about 1720 to about 1970. Beginning with the work and insights of the early immunologists in the 18th century, Silverstein traces the development of the major ideas which have formed immunology down to the maturation of the discipline in the decade following the Second World War. Emphasis is placed on the philosophic and sociologic climate of the scientific milieu in which immunology has developed, providing a background to the broad culture of the discipline.

Key Features

  • A professional-level intellectual history of the development of immunology from about 1720 to 1970, with emphasis placed on the social climate of the scientific milieu in which modern immunology evolved
  • Written by an author very well known both as a historian of medical science and for his substantial research contributions to the immunopathology of the eye
  • The only complete history of immunology available


All immunologists; historians of medicine; historians of science and sociologists of science

Table of Contents

  • Preface. On History and Historians. Theories of Acquired Immunity. The Royal Experiment on Immunity: 1721-1722. Cellular versus Humoral Immunity: Determinants and Consequences of an Epic Nineteenth-Century Battle. Theories of Antibody Formation. The Concept of Immunologic Specificity. Immunologic Specificity, Continued. Horror Autotoxicus: The Concept of Autoimmunity. The Donath-Landsteiner Autoantibody: The Incommensurable Languages of Immunological Dispute. Allergy and Immunopathology: The Price of Immunity. Anti-antibodies and Anti-idiotype Immunoregulation: 1899-1904. Transplantation and Immunogenetics. Magic Bullets and Poisoned Arrows: The Uses of Antibody. Appendix A: The Calendar of Immunologic Progress. Appendix B: Nobel Prize Highlights in Immunology. Appendix C: Biographical Dictionary. Glossary. Name Index. Subject Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 422
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: April 28, 1989
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080925837

About the Author

Arthur Silverstein

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The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

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