Medicine And Books

Clinical Applications of the Interferons

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 27 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:823
  1. David Isaacs, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, New Children's Hospital, Sydney
  1. Australia

    R Stuart-Harris, R Penny Chapman&Hall, £79, pp 512 ISBN 0 412 602504

    This review is a particularly poignant one for me— “Son of interferon meets son of influenza.” My father, Alick Isaacs, codiscoverer of interferon, spent his formative years in virology in Sheffield, where Charles Stuart-Harris, father of Robin, was his teacher and mentor.

    When first described in 1957, interferon was hailed as the antiviral penicillin, the “magic bullet” that would do for viral infections what antibiotics had done for bacterial infections. But hailed by …

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