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In conclusion, the antimetabolites have proven extremely interesting in the laboratory for the exploration of the mechanism of antibody synthesis and related problems. They have also proven to be extremely useful and interesting materials in the clinic. Whether they are going to replace any other standard forms of therapy, such as the corticosteroids, is, in my view, doubtful. Their use at the moment is experimental and their ultimate place in clinical medicine is by no means settled. They appear to have two important effects in man: 1) Suppression of antibody formation which can be, in many individuals, selective; and 2) Very important anti-inflammatory properties which may account for their effects on immune injury and for some of the very rapid responses seen in individuals treated with these agents.
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