August 8, 1959

The Plasma Proteins: Clinical Significance

JAMA. 1959;170(15):1876. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010150120033

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Plasma proteins play a dominant role in the pathogenesis of a variety of diseases and clinical syndromes. The names of some proteins have become the names of diseases, e. g., agammaglobulinemia, cryoglobulinemia, and macromolecular syndrome. Consequently, at least slight familiarity with plasma proteins is essential nowadays for the understanding of many diseases and for the diagnosis and intelligent therapy of some. The busy physician, be he generalist or specialist, can rarely afford the time to look for information regarding biochemistry in the many textbooks on the subject. This pocket-sized book attempts to bridge the gap between what the practitioner needs and the sources of the required information in books and special journals. The specific items discussed in this book include albumin, fibrinogen, globulins, liver disease, pregnancy, infancy and old age, hemorrhagic disorders, amyloidosis, and other topics. The treatment of these complex subjects is aimed at the person without specialized education

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