September 17, 1973

Transplantation Today

Author Affiliations

St. Luke's Hospital Center New York


vol 2, edited by Felix T. Rapaport, Hans Balner, and Samuel L. Kountz (4th International Congress, San Francisco, Sept 1972), 1,016 pp, with illus, $32.75, Grune & Stratton, 1973.

JAMA. 1973;225(12):1536. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220400062026

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As transplantation has graduated from the experimental to a widely performed and generally accepted clinical procedure for treating chronic uremia, it is not surprising to see an increasing number of textbooks related to the field. Transplantation Today, volume 2, however, is much more than an ordinary textbook. It is a carefully assembled review of all the proceedings—clinical, experimental, theoretical, immunologic—of the Fourth International Congress of the Transplantation Society, held in San Francisco in September 1972.

The editors have assembled the latest clinical and experimental data available from the most prestigious investigators engaged world-wide in transplantation and tumor immunology. In an introductory chapter Sir Peter Medawar, with typical British clarity, has reconsidered tolerance. Jan Klein and Fritz Bach follow with concise chapters on histocompatibility loci. After other introductory sections on tumor immunology, cellular components of the immune system, and mediators of cellular immunity, Dr. Kountz brings us up to date on