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From Immunity to Autoimmune Disease, A Historic Trail: Part I

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Abstract:

Immune, Latin immunis, free from (immunity, Latin immunitas, freedom from) a public service, charge, or duty; e.g., exemptions from military service, taxes, civic duties, and office granted to certain classes of Roman society. Physicians were among the earliest to be given this form of privilege by the Roman Senate. In later years, continued usage of the descriptor "immunity" had legal rather than medical usage, e.g., exemptions of: Middle Ages Church property and clergy from civil taxes; members of the British Parliament from liability for statements made during legislative debates; a member of the French legislature from arrest during a session without authorization from his chamber.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2500/108854100778249024

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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