The Immunodepressive Effect of Phenol Derivatives

  • M. F. la Via
  • L. D. Loose
  • D. S. la Via
  • M. S. Silberman
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 121B)


The potentially damaging impact of manmade environmental contaminants on biological systems was first brought to our attention by the astute observations of Sir Percival Potts over 200 years ago. With impressive scientific acumen, he related the high incidence of scrotal neoplasia in chimney sweeps to their continued exposure to soot. The full significance of these observations remained hidden for more than 100 years until Japanese workers developed experimental models to study chemical carcinogenesis. As we look back at this series of events, it is regrettable to realize that greater scientific awareness might have contributed to shortening the time between Potts’ original observation and further research on the phenomenon of chemical carcinogenesis. Great concern has existed since that first observation about possible noxious effects of the many new chemicals which are introduced in the environment daily.


Gallic Acid Spleen Cell Phenol Derivative Chemical Carcinogenesis Noxious Effect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. F. la Via
    • 1
  • L. D. Loose
    • 2
  • D. S. la Via
    • 1
  • M. S. Silberman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PathologyEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Comparative and Human ToxicologyAlbany Medical CollegeAlbanyUSA

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