Paul Ehrlich--in search of the magic bullet

Microbes Infect. 2004 Jul;6(8):786-9. doi: 10.1016/j.micinf.2004.04.003.


In 2004, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Paul Ehrlich, considered the founder of immunology. His life and work can be divided into three creative periods: first, he developed histological staining, then he accomplished his ground-breaking work on immunology, and eventually invented chemotherapy. Paul Ehrlich can be perceived as a man whose success was not the consequence of a will to power, but of his substantial interest in science.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Allergy and Immunology / history*
  • Drug Therapy / history
  • Germany
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Poland
  • Syphilis / drug therapy
  • Syphilis / history

Personal name as subject

  • Paul Ehrlich