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"I should like to see in each library a select company of the Immortals set apart for special adoration," said Sir William Osler, himself befitting that distinction. One of Osler's contemporaries, Ellie Metchnikoff (1845 to 1916), who is considered the father of modern immunology, deserves such status as well. Metchnikoff, who shared the 1908 Nobel prize with Paul Ehrlich, established the phagocytic function of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and was the first to propose the theory of an active host response to infection.
Metchnikoff was a brilliant scientist whose research studies were influenced by his deep interests in comparative embryology and evolutionary
Metchnikoff and the Origins of Immunology. Ann Intern Med. ;116:783–784. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-9-783_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(9):783-784.
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