Paul Ehrlich's Receptor Immunology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126437652, 9780080538518

Paul Ehrlich's Receptor Immunology

1st Edition

The Magnificent Obsession

Authors: Arthur Silverstein
eBook ISBN: 9780080538518
Hardcover ISBN: 9780126437652
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 5th October 2001
Page Count: 202
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Paul Ehrlich's Receptor Immunology: The Magnificent Obsession describes the background to Paul Ehrlich's immunological works and theories and delves into the substance of his experiments in great detail. By exploring these early developments in immunology, the book lays the foundation for modern concepts, providing immunologists, biomedical researchers, and students the context for the discoveries in their field.

Key Features

  • The selectionist theory of antibody formation
  • Kinetics of primary and secondary antibody response
  • Quantitative methods of measurement of antigens and antibody
  • Demonstration of passive transfer of immunity from mother to foetus


Immunologists, virologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, hematologists, and science historians

Table of Contents

List of Plates.
Introduction by Sir Gustav Nossal.
The Background to Ehrlich's Immunology: Origins of the Receptor Theory.
On Ricin and Abrin: Quantitation Enters Immunity Research.
The Value of Mother's Milk: The Founding of Pediatric Immunology.
The Standardization of Toxins and Antitoxins.
The Toxin-Antitoxin Reaction: Theory Outpaces Data.
The Side-Chain Theory of Antibody Formation.
Immune Hemolysis: Bordet Challenges Ehrlich.
New Scientific Challenges.
Ehrlich's Scientific Style.
Appendix A. Paul Ehrlich's Honors.
Appendix B. Paul Ehrlich's Scientific Bibliography.


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About the Author

Arthur Silverstein

Affiliations and Expertise

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


" gives a rich and detailed overview of the intellectual development of Ehrlich's immunology" --MEDICAL HISTORY, April 2003

"It is a sophisticated, closely argued, and clearly written analysis of Ehrlich's contributions to immunology. The adroit use of a wealth of original sources enriches and strengthens the text." --Robert S. Schwartz M.D. in NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, March 2002