Dr. Fireman commented as follows:

The data described by Drs. Kadowaki, Nihira, and Nakao are of interest because the in vitro responsiveness of peripheral leucocytes to phytohemagglutinin was suppressed temporarily during and shortly after natural measles infection, but was not suppressed following vaccination with attenuated measles virus. It is unfortunate that these investigators did not follow any other parameters of in vitro leucocyte responsiveness such as peripheral leucocyte counts, the response of leucocytes to allogeneic leucocytes, or specific antigens and in vivo cutaneous delayed hypersensitivity reactions to specific antigens.

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