Letter from Michael Heidelberger to E. J. Crane, Chemical Abstracts
In his response to an invitation by E. J. Crane, the editor of Chemical Abstracts, to become an assistant editor for the field
of chemical pathology, Heidelberger offered instead to edit a new section on immunochemistry, and briefly reviewed the state
of the field. He had begun abstracting for Chemical Abstracts as a graduate student, an activity he continued until the late
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1939-12-18 (December 18, 1939)
Crane, E. J.
Ohio State University
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Abstracting and Indexing as Topic
Antigens and Antibodies: Heidelberger and The Rise of Quantitative Immunochemistry, 1928-1954
I greatly appreciate your letter of December 12th and am happy that you and Professor Wells and Dr. Howe feel that I could
carry on with Section G of Biological Chemistry, which Professor Wells has kept at such a high level of interest for so many
I do not feel, however, that I have the breadth of knowledge or interests with which to conduct the Chemical Pathology section.
I would, however, to be interested in starting for you a Section J, Immunochemistry. In the last dozen years or so the chemistry
of immunity has claimed an increasing number of workers and is still expanding and extending its usefulness. It would seem
to me that serology, as it was formerly understood, is not necessarily related to pathology, nor are the immune processes
other than normal chemical mechanisms.
At present, papers on Immunochemistry are divided among Methods, Microbiology, Pathology, and occassionally Pharmacology,
and I think it would be advantageous to have them in a section of their own.