Introduction à la Pathologie générale


IN this work the author has grouped together a large and heterogeneous mass of information and speculation, always interesting and always fascinating. The first line of his introductory remarks leads us from the tubercle bacillus to the Milky Way, from the infinitely small to the immeasurably large, and we are soon assured that everything that exists in this formidable interval of space can be subject to investigation, provided it, in any way, can influence us. This promise holds good for everything, from an earthquake on the satellite of Sirius to an analogous occurrence in the interior of an electron; and so on, until after forty pages of pleasant reading we learn that the object of the book is principally to support the views of M. Bordet “and some others” as to the question of immunity. The theories of Ehrlich and his followers give a purely chemical interpretation of the facts of immunity, and are unsatisfactory inasmuch as they confound colloidal changes with chemical changes, properly so called. Ehrlich's views, he says, threaten to become to general pathology what Weismann's have been to biology.

Introduction à la Pathologie générale.

By M. Félix le Dantec. Pp. X + 504. (Paris: Félix Alcan, 1906.) Price 15 francs.

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