Letter from Michael Heidelberger to D. Carleton Gajdusek, The Children's Hospital (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Heidelberger here informed Gajdusek that a colleague had agreed to carry out the titrations of sera provided by Gajdusek for
studying the connection between disease, in particular nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys), and the level of complement,
proteins that play an essential role in host defense mechanisms.
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1948-03-29 (March 29, 1948)
Gajdusek, D. Carleton
Children's Hospital (Cincinnati, Ohio)
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Complement System Proteins
Antigens and Antibodies: Heidelberger and The Rise of Quantitative Immunochemistry, 1928-1954
Letter from D. Carleton Gajdusek, The Children's Hospital (Cincinnati, Ohio) to Michael Heidelberger (February 28, 1948)
Letter from D. Carleton Gajdusek, The Children's Hospital (Cincinnati, Ohio) to Michael Heidelberger (March 23, 1948)
I am very sorry I missed you on your recent visit, and sorry, too, to have been so slow in answering your first letter. I
thought it would be more effective for Dr. Fischel to answer it, and the process consumed much time. However, he was much
interested in what you wrote, and will gladly run the sera you were kind enough to bring, as he has written you. The results
ought to be very interesting.
I do not like the plastic tubes for very long periods of storage. Most of those I've had in the ordinary refridgerator
concentrated the sera in them down to a gel in the course of a few years. I suppose most of the water evaporates through
inequalities in the tube where the top screws on.
With hearty congratulations on your Fellowship and all good wishes,