Letter from Oswald T. Avery to Michael Heidelberger
In this letter Heidelberger's former mentor and collaborator Oswald Avery, affectionately called "Fess" by his
colleagues, congratulated him on the development of his quantitative theory of the precipitin reaction. A break-through in
immunology, the theory established the multivalence of antigens and antibodies, or the ability of each to form chemical bonds
with two or (in the case of most antigens) more molecules of the other. "I rejoice to see the mysteries of immunological
phenomena yielding beautifully to the laws of classical chemistry," Avery wrote.
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1935-08-29 (August 29, 1935)
Avery, Oswald T.
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Antigens and Antibodies: Heidelberger and The Rise of Quantitative Immunochemistry, 1928-1954