It Was Revolutionary
“No single event in the history of medicine had changed the lives of so many people, so suddenly.”
“No other single medical breakthrough of the 20th century has had the potential to prevent so many deaths over such a short period of time and at so little cost.”
“We could hardly believe our eyes on seeing that bacteria could be killed off without at the same time killing the patient. It was not just amazement, it was a revolution."
“The achievement of Enders, Weller, and Robbins was the starting point not only of modern poliovirology, but it launched the revolution rightly called molecular virology.”
“After having tested different chemical combinations, you…made one of the greatest discoveries within the recent history of prophylactic medicine. DDT… kills the mosquito, which spreads malaria; the louse, which spreads typhus; the flea, which spreads the plague; and the sandfly, which spreads tropical diseases.”
"There are relatively few absolute, new ideas in the world. If you have one in your life, you're really something. Al Sommer has had several of them."
“Landsteiner’s work dispelled any notion that might have once been held that there is absolute specificity in immune relations. Indeed, the structures of the many cross-reacting molecules uncovered in work from his laboratory were used to great advantage to illuminate how a ligand’s [any molecule that binds to another] shape, size, and charge distribution affects the extent to which it is recognized by antibodies.”