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RETRACTED: Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov, the Physicians’ Society of Odessa, and the centenary of Mechnikov’s Nobel Prize award

Kostyantyn K. Vasylyev, Yuriy K. Vasylyev


Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov (1845-1916) andPaul Ehrlich (1854-1915) were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1908 for their contributions to immunology. A considerable amount of literature has been devoted to Mechnikov’s life and his theory of phagocytosis. However, the extant English literature lacks a focused discussion of Mechnikov’s correspondence with the Physicians’ Society of Odessa. The authors delineate Mechnikov’s relationship with this professional organization, which is intricately tied to the progress of his research in immunology.

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