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Witebsky's criteria

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Criteria for recognising the autoimmunologic pathogenesis of a human disease.


  • E. Witebsky:
    The question of self-recognition by the host and problems of autoantibodies and their specificity.
    Cancer Research, Baltimore, 1961, 21: 1216-1224.
  • W. E. Dameshek, E. Witebsky, F. Milgrom:
    Autoimmunity: experimental and clinical aspects.
    Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1965, 124: 1-411, 413-890.

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