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The Michael Heidelberger Papers

Title:
Letter from James B. Conant, Office of Scientific Research and Development to Michael Heidelberger pdf (82,048 Bytes) ocr (2,181 Bytes)
Letter from James B. Conant, Office of Scientific Research and Development to Michael Heidelberger
Description:
During World War II, Heidelberger conducted classified immunological research under grants from the Office of Scientific Research and Development, trying--unsuccessfully--to find a vaccine for malaria, a major health problem among U.S. troops fighting in the South Pacific. He also worked on a vaccine against ricin, research prompted by reports that the Japanese government had asked every household in Japan to grow castor beans, the source of the potent toxin. U.S. military authorities feared that Japan might try to aerosolize ricin and release it over the American mainland. It became clear only later that the Japanese military had instead sought castor bean oil as a lubricant for aircraft engines.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (82,048 Bytes)
Date:
1943-03-01 (March 1, 1943)
Creator:
Conant, James B.
Office of Emergency Management. Office of Scientific Research and Development
Recipient:
Heidelberger, Michael
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
World War II
Malaria
Ricin
Exhibit Category:
Antigens and Antibodies: Heidelberger and The Rise of Quantitative Immunochemistry, 1928-1954
Box Number: 2
Folder Number: 10
Unique Identifier:
DHBBFY
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Folder: MS C 245 (first finding aid)
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2008-04-24
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