Die Bedeutung der Immunologie für den Menschen — Eingriff und Wandel

  • Otto Westphal
Part of the Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte book series (NATURFORSCHER, volume 109. 1976)


Classical immunological research has been mainly devoted to natural defense mechanisms against infections and to the development and action of vaccines. With the discovery of immune tolerance and following investigations on transplantation immunity, the concept of the immune response was generalized as the higher animal’s ability to discriminate between ‘self’ and ‘notseir’. Since then research has concentrated on cells and their products involved in these immune phenomena. Application of the vast knowledge in the field of modern immunology should aid greatly in the solution of many actual clinical problems and in alleviating public health hazards (parasitology, etc.) in the Third World.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Otto Westphal
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für ImmunbiologieFreiburg-ZähringenDeutschland

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