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CORRESPONDENCE
T o the Editor:
It was with deep regret that we learned,
on the day after the June 1963 meeting of
the American Rheumatism Association in
Atlantic City, of the death on the previous
day of Dr. Allan D. Wallis.
Dr. Wallis was one of the pioneer American workers on the rheumatoid factor and
his studies, performed under difficult circumstances in the early war years, represented a significant advance in our knowledge. In a series of papers published in the
American Journal of Medical Sciences, he
revealed for the first time that the streptococcal agglutination reaction was simply a
particulate carrier test and that collodion
particles could be substituted for streptococci. This observation prompted early work
by one of the undersigned which culminated
in the latex fixation test. Dr. Wallis’ research was largely unheralded and his retiring nature was such that he never received proper recognition.
Allan Wallis was born in Philadelphia in
1905, was graduated from Princeton and
received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1929. After an
early experience in the practice of orthopedics, he returned to pathology and did
his pioneer experiments in rheumatoid arthritis. He subsequently became chief pathologist to the Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, a post he held till his death. About
five years ago, he underwent an enucleation
for malignant melanoma but, nevertheless,
continued his duties uncomplainingly until
his death. He is survived by his wife and
four sons.
We believe it fitting that the membership
of the American Rheumatism Association
should remember Allan Wallis and hope
that this letter will serve to give him, although belatedly, the recognition he deserves.
CHARLES
M. PLQTZ,M.D.
JOHN
LANSBURY,
M.D.
American Rheumatism Association
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