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Paul Ehrlich

Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915)

PAUL EHRLICH (1854-1915) was born in Strehlen, a small town in Silesia. He received his medical education at Strassburg, Freiburg and Leipzig, where he received his medical degree in 1878. His first important contribution was his well-known stain for the blood, which demonstrated by the specific staining of the granules in the polymorpho-nuclear leukocytes the three primary blood types we recognize today, a great advance for hematology.

His work on immunity and toxins and systematic study of chemotherapy, particularly his study of the therapeutic effects of arsenical compounds in experimental syphilis, which resulted in his discovery of Salvarsan, or 606, in 1910, which was of fundamental importance in modern medicine.

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