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Immunological Diseases.

George E. Ehrlich, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(1):88-89. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290130090018.
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Some years ago, when I was still a resident, I went on rounds with Dr. William Dameshek. I recall that I was surprised to hear him invoke the concept of auto-immunity over and over again in our discussions of various diseases. One day I could contain myself no longer and asked whether he meant for me to infer that all disease had its basis in immune mechanisms. Dr. Dameshek asked, mock-seriously and with a twinkle in his eye, "Where have you been since 1936, when I first stated this theory?" That his query was not necessarily oversimplification for the sake of effect is attested to by the appearance of a book entitled Immunological Diseases (in which, unfortunately, Dr. Dameshek is not represented). Graced with an editor, and associate editor, four section editors, and 89 contributing authors, this massive and heavy volume is at once a reference work in which one


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