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April 29, 1961

The Plasma Proteins. Volume II: Biosynthesis, Metabolism, Alterations in Disease

JAMA. 1961;176(4):393-394. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040170139038

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Abstract

The second volume of this two-volume work, containing 10 chapters each by a different author, provides a sophisticated compilation of current information on the physiology, pathologic alterations, and genetic control of the plasma proteins. The book will probably be of greatest usefulness as a reference work for investigators in the medical sciences, but clinicians and teachers interested in the mechanism of disease will find it a gold mine of information not readily available in any other single source. There are, for instance, clear discussions of the various lipoproteins, of the proteins which bind circulating hormones, of turnover rates, of the abnormal serum globulins, and of genetic differences so far recognized in the plasma proteins.

An excellent table of the various plasma enzymes is provided. Bibliographic documentation is uniformly good. The editor, by arranging for an exchange of outlines—and sometimes of manuscripts— among the contributors, has achieved a unity of presentation

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