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The Michael Heidelberger Papers

Letter from Simon Flexner, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research to Michael Heidelberger pdf (49,056 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Simon Flexner, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research to Michael Heidelberger
In this letter, Flexner, the long-time director of the Rockefeller Institute and Heidelberger's former boss, acknowledged Heidelberger's criticism of experimental evidence on the use of antiserum to type III pneumococcus presented by Hugh K. Ward, an immunologist at Harvard University Medical School, in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, vol. 55 (1932). Flexner compared Heidelberger's meticulous and painstaking quantitative studies of antibody-antigen reactions to the skills of "a fine Swiss watchmaker." He also expressed his and Heidelberger's shared interest in classical music performances.
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1932-05-02 (May 2, 1932)
Flexner, Simon
Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research
Heidelberger, Michael
Courtesy of Michael Heidelberger.
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Precipitin Tests
Exhibit Category:
Antigens and Antibodies: Heidelberger and The Rise of Quantitative Immunochemistry, 1928-1954
Metadata Record Letter from Michael Heidelberger to Simon Flexner, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (April 21, 1932) pdf (167,718 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Folder Number: 21
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Letters (correspondence)
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Folder: MS C 245 (first finding aid)
May 2, 1932
Dear Michael:
I am extremely glad to have your criticism of Ward's paper. I can easily see now the difference between your minutely quantitative studies and the very rough ones of Ward. It's all the difference between a fine Swiss watchmaker and the machine which turns out Ingersolls.
It is a fair question, too, I think, whether Ward actually understands the complex mechanisms he is dealing with. If you do not mind, I will show the letter to Rous, etc.
Helen has written Nina about the Philadelphia Orchestra tickets for next year. It is a great disappointment to us, but Helen has become so sensitive to colds that we have concluded very reluctantly to give up the concerts. We both thank you and Nina very much for offering us the tickets again and for all the years you let us have them.
Yours sincerely,
Simon Flexner
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