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Introduction

  • K. Rother
  • G. O. Till

Abstract

It was on the basis of heat “inactivation” of serum that complement was discovered in 1889 as a bactericidal entity, separate from a heat stable factor now known to have been an antibody. Subsequently, in 1901, a hemolytic indicator system was established by Bordet and Gengou [1] which has up to the present time provided the basis for defining complement lytic activity.

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  • G. O. Till

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