Letter from Percival Hartley, Medical Research Council of Great Britain to Michael Heidelberger
In this letter, the biochemist and immunologist Percival Hartley described his reaction and the reaction of colleagues to
the publication of Oswald Avery's seminal 1944 article proposing that genes are made of DNA. He also discussed his efforts
to keep the National Institute of Medical Research in operation during the bombing of London by the Germans in 1941 (Hartley
spent his nights in the barricaded ground floor of the Institute with its director, Sir Henry Dale), his role in producing
tetanus and gas gangrene antitoxins for the treatment of injured soldiers, the turn of the war against the Germans, and the
state of public health in Britain during the war.
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1944-05-28 (May 28, 1944)
Medical Research Council of Great Britain
Courtesy of Michael Heidelberger.
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
World War II
Antigens and Antibodies: Heidelberger and The Rise of Quantitative Immunochemistry, 1928-1954