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October 11, 1965

The Inflammatory Process

Author Affiliations

Madison, Wis

JAMA. 1965;194(2):211-212. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090150103043

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This excellent book presents current knowledge about the systems involved in the development of an inflammatory lesion. It takes 30 authors and 931 pages to do the job, but, since the field is large and progress great, the authors and editors deserve commendation that coverage is done so well in these bounds.

The editors have dissected this complex subject with such skill that each of the chapters covers an essential part of the process without losing the relationship of these parts to the whole subject. The 25 chapters cover the structure, biochemistry, and physiology of the cells and vessels in inflammation; the chemical mediators and inhibitors of inflammation; hemostasis; fever; fibroplasia; and various aspects of immune reactions, including homograft rejection, autoimmune diseases, and the role of various cells in producing antibodies. Some chapters are particularly well done—John Luft's description of the ultrastructural basis for capillary permeability is very well written

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